I ball for real: y'all niggas is Sam Bowie
And with the third pick, I made the earth sick

from Jay Z – Hola' Hovito Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In the 1984 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers chose Sam Bowie with the second pick, ahead of a little-known player out of UNC named Michael Jordan. Sam Bowie had an unremarkable, injury-riddled career

Old play on the two meanings of the word ball: ball as in living large and playing basketball

The “third pick” here is Jay’s third album, the five-time-platinum Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life

ps how faded does M.J. look in this pic?!

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