Revered music journalist and author of Prince’s biography I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became An Icon, Touré described how Prince was always up for a game when he asked him to play via email in 1998. According to Touré, when he arrived to interview Prince at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., Prince answered the request to play a game with him and his entourage in their backyard hoop. 

Touré mentions in this clip that Prince was proud of being a 5’2’’ defensive pest. Although he was even shorter than Muggsy Bogues, Prince was not to be slept on and had a basketball IQ that was off the charts. He wasn’t a mechanical player who seemed unsure of himself when handling the rock, The Purple One moved with fluidity and was very fundamentally sound as a teammate. Touré hilariously had no idea how he should refer to him when he dished a no-look pass to The Artist, who at that time was formerly known as Prince. The musician joked, “He didn't know what to call me.”