We’ve always heard the saying that rappers want to be athletes and vice-versa. With the way some rappers think up their lyrical content, you would think that they want to step into the sport arena. Jay Z is always comparing himself to Michael Jordan and why not? Success is success however you measure it. One thing is for sure. These references are for only a select few. You will not see any rappers dropping lines aspiring to be the next Kwame Brown. All of these famous athletes are idols and inspirations for some of our favorite artists. From Kobe Bryant to Michael Phelps, here are the 20 Athletes Your Favorite Rappers Most Want to Be Like.