There’s a whole generation out there that may only know Flavor Flav from his reality TV exploits. As entertaining as that part of his life is, his real legacy comes from being one of the earliest and most influential pioneers in rap music as a member of Public Enemy in the 80s and 90s.
He’s remained in the public eye since then, making television appearances and performing around the world, but lately, the legendary hype man has taken to attending his cousin Shep Garner’s games as he tries to make his way as a pro basketball player in the G-League.
Flavor Flav was on hand at the annual G-League Showcase in Las Vegas on Friday to cheer on Garner as his team the Grand Rapids Drive took on the Agua Caliente Clippers, and despite the loss, Flavor Flav is eager to support him as he tries to achieve his dream of one day making it to the big leagues.
While Garner appears to be a long shot to land that promotion this season, Flavor Flav believes his cousin is destined for greater things.
“Where he is right now, this is setting him up for the main stage,” Flavor Flav said. “That’s all I got to say. Look at the way he is playing right now. He’s very aggressive. Not only that, but he is a team player. He believes in teamwork. Teamwork brings dream work. …
“Some people make it up to the main stage. Some people have to go through another process before they make it to the main stage. I’m so proud of him for making it to this stage right now.”
Flavor Flav, who currently lives in Las Vegas, is reportedly working on another reality TV show based there and in the process of recording a new album.
His cousin Garner, a Penn State alum, is an undrafted prospect who has worked out for several NBA teams and is still currently working to make an impression on the Detroit Pistons’ G-League affiliate, averaging 6.9 points per game and shooting 33.7 percent from downtown.