Professional athletes are—surprise—generally good at sports. They’re also sometimes good at other stuff. For example, Michael Jordan’s performance in Space Jam is one of the finest in the history of modern cinema. But we really start to take notice when athletes try their hands at the whole music thing. Occasionally, these transitions aren’t terrible: Wayman Tisdale, former NBA power forward, quit his moderately successful basketball career to become a moderately successful smooth jazz bassist. His album Face to Face actually topped Billboard’s contemporary jazz charts. And if smooth jazz isn’t your thing, you can at least enjoy his album titles—all of which are poorly construed basketball puns. Tisdale’s first record was straight-up just called Power Forward. That may not even be a pun, really, but In The Zone definitely works on multiple levels.
Tisdale is an exception, though, and absolutely not the rule. We gave the Beebs a bit of flak a while ago for trying to play sports, so it’s probably only right that we even the score a little. Here’s a bunch of reasons why athletes should also stick to what they know.