Even though we think he was one of the best teammates LeBron James ever had in Cleveland, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson was never the most spectacular NBA player. During seven seasons with the Cavaliers, he averaged just 7.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. But when he essentially walked away from the league back in 2013 at the age of 27, it still surprised some people. It surprised them even more when they found out that he had left the league in order to pursue a rap career.
Earlier today, Gibson appeared on The Breakfast Club to reveal why he decided to quit collecting NBA checks in favor of rapping. And while his reasons for doing it are pretty admirable—it’s hard to criticize someone for following their dreams, regardless of what those dreams are—Charlamagne Tha God couldn’t seem to wrap his head around the idea of Gibson giving up the chance to make millions of dollars in order to rap. He didn’t sugarcoat his opinion on it, either, as he repeatedly told Gibson that he should have stayed in the NBA and pursued rapping as a hobby rather than giving up basketball altogether to rap.
“Don’t you think you got a better chance of doing it as a hobby?” he asked Gibson. “When it’s a hobby and you’re still in the NBA, people don’t take it as serious. But when you leave the NBA and you say, ‘This is what I want to do,’ people be like, ‘Man, you are crazy.’ They’re not even going to give it a chance.”
Charlamagne later asked Gibson to rank himself as a rapper from 1 to 10 and, after Gibson gave himself an 8, Charlamagne laughed.
"No way!" he said.
And after listening to Gibson freestyle live on the air, Charlamagne admitted that Gibson does have some skills. But he also pointed out that he doesn't think those skills are going to be enough to justify his decision to leave the NBA.
“I think he’s an OK rapper,” Charlamagne said. “I’m not gonna front. I don’t think you’re wack. There was a part of me that wanted to say, ‘I can’t wait to tell Boobie he’s wack.’ But I don’t think you’re wack from what I heard just now. But it ain’t worth walking away from millions of dollars in the NBA!"
To his credit, Gibson took the constructive criticism well and didn’t get into it with Charlamagne on the air, even as Charlamagne continued to poke and prod him about giving up on his NBA career. But during one of the final moments of the interview, Charlamagne asked Gibson if he thinks he’s a better rapper than Birdman. Birdman was, of course, romantically linked to Gibson’s ex-wife Keyshia Cole last year. And when Gibson refused to answer the question, Charlamagne offered him one last piece of career advice.
“If you can’t say you’re better than Birdman, you don’t need to pursue this career,” he said. “Birdman is one of the worst of all time!”
For what it’s worth, it doesn’t sound like Gibson was too broken up about all of the harsh things Charlamagne said to him. He posted this on Twitter after the interview was over:
But wow. Charlamagne showed NO mercy here.
You can check out Gibson's entire Breakfast Club interview in the clip above. Scroll down to see some of the reactions that people had on Twitter after listening to it.