Despite Claiming to Be a Damian Lillard Fan Once, NBA Ambassador and BTS Member Suga Now Spills Beans on His Basketball Idol While Growing Up

Published 06/02/2023, 3:30 PM EDT

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Around a month back, the NBA named BTS’ rapper Suga as their brand ambassador for the remaining 2022–2023 season. This was a ground-breaking decision that united the worlds of pop and basketball. In addition to bringing Suga and the NBA to the attention of a global audience, this collaboration also highlighted the rapper’s lifelong passion for basketball. The fusion of his passion for basketball with his music career has enthralled fans all over the world. Min Yoon-gi, known by his stage name “Suga” derived inspiration from his role as a shooting guard on his team. Suga created the name by merging the initial parts of the word ‘Shooting guard.”

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Meanwhile, in recent news, Suga, who once disclosed his admiration for Damian Lillard, revealed who he idolized in the league while growing up.

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Suga primarily gained recognition for his role as a rapper in the band, BTS. However, he has often shown off his passion for basketball. Suga is an avid basketball lover who often shares his love of the game through his music and social media posts. He even made a reference to LeBron James while wearing a Tune Squad basketball jersey in the music video for the pop-hit ‘Dynamite’. He often sought refuge and found solace in playing basketball, as revealed in the song, “Intro: The Most Beautiful Moment In Life,”  which he had written. The player has also attended multiple NBA games.

The 30-year-old rapper/producer recently appeared in an interview where he revealed who his basketball icon was while growing up.

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In an interview with SiriusXM, Suga was asked if he had any favorite basketball teams or players that he rooted for.

He said, “I grew up watching the NBA. I didn’t have a specific team I rooted for but I did have a favorite player. When I first started playing basketball, I idolized one player and that’s Allen Iverson. “

Suga then revealed how he spent his youth focused on making music. Owing to this, he didn’t get much time to watch the games.

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He then went on to talk about his first live NBA game. Suga said, “In 2019, I had a chance to watch the game in person in LA. When I saw Damian Lillard shoot 54 points, I knew that moment that I was going to be the fan of him.”

Suga seems perfect for the role of an NBA ambassador with the love he shares for the game!

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While Suga, along with the rest of the NBA World, awaits the results of the 2022-2023 championships, it will be interesting to see how the finals end. Who are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ranjitha Ramesh

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Ranjitha Ramesh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Ranjitha has a strong foundation in reporting and writing. Her passion for basketball, particularly the Lakers and LeBron James, fuels her desire to delve into the lifestyle and off-court activities of NBA stars.
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