Rising from the bottom to the top takes an incredible amount of effort and desire to hustle for a different future. It’s one defining factor that turns a former ball boy in the NBA to an influential artist many artists look up to in 2020.
Grammy nominated rapper Travis Scott rejoices on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Friday about his experience as a ball boy for the Houston Rockets while he was in high school. This short stint in the sports world brought him unforgettable experiences that he will never forget.
Amongst the stories shared on this night, he recalls a few of his favorite highlights such as getting an autographed ball from the Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and meeting Carmelo Anthony in an astonishing way.
“We wasn’t too much of a star-studded team at that time,” Travis Scott said. “[Ball boys] weren’t supposed to talk to star athletes, but one day Melo [Carmelo Anthony] gave me his headband, signed his headband. Which is so funny, he probably doesn’t remember this.”
The Hip-Hop artist also gave a shoutout to those working as ball boys in the NBA who all share how important the “code of honor” is since they need to keep all the incredible, one of a kind experiences they go through under wraps.
“Shout out all my ball boys out there,” Scott said with a laugh. “Y’all know what’s going down, man. Hold it down for the team players… We never tell.”
He may be just a few years out from being in this humbling position to now rubbing shoulders with these everyday titans. As one of his rags-to-riches stories, Travis Scott is living proof that anything is possible in this world full of endless possibilities. Watch the full conversation here: