Chuck “The Game” Taylor played basketball on Wednesday and Thursday night of last week against CSUN and community competition during open gym in room 160 of Redwood Hall on campus.
The Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling rapper was accompanied by Lucious Harris, an ex-NBA player for the New Jersey Nets, who teamed up with The Game on both nights, said Logan Hartley, a 23-year-old senior at CSUN and open gym coordinator.
The Game and four teammates showed up at CSUN and played against other teams in games to seven points, said Britni Howze, a 20-year-old kinesiology major at CSUN. Howze ran check-in during open gym on Wednesday and Thursday night last week, and was there when The Game was playing.
“I can’t even dunk, I can’t even dunk,” The Game said after missing one of his dunk attempts and resting by the wall of the gym.
“He dunks a lot,” Howze said. She said it was the first time she has seen any kind of celebrity in the gym, and he was doing pretty well against the other people there.
“I don’t think they’re playing for anything,” Howze said. “It’s just whoever wins, wins.”
Throughout Thursday night, The Game would go for a dunk every time he was ahead of the rest of the players running down the court. When he had the ball with defenders on him, he would pass the ball about half of the time, shoot a long shot from the three-point line the other half, and go for a lay-up every once in a while.
The Game left CSUN at around 10:30 on Thursday night after posing for some pictures, and talking with some of his female fans.
At one point The Game followed a woman back into the gym to keep talking to her.
After he left, women were heard giggling and talking about how The Game wanted one of them to have his phone number.
Someone who came and left with The Game was also motioning for various women to come with the team as they left for the night.
At the end of the night, no women were seen leaving with the group The Game came with.
The Game is known for his musical relationship with 50-Cent. The singles “How We Do” and “Hate It or Love It” featured 50-Cent and were The Game’s most popular songs, breaking the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100.
Howze said she witnessed the most people she had ever seen in the gym at one time. On the two nights The Game was there, the number of people in the gym ranged from 40 to 80 people.
On Thursday, most of the people there were dressed to play basketball, but as the night continued more people in plain clothes came just to watch.
“The competition here is really good,” Hartley said. He said he thinks this is a big reason why well-known people would come out to CSUN to play. He said The Game was pretty good, but not the best player there.
“Mikey Efevberha gave it to The Game a little bit,” Hartley said.
He said that on Wednesday night Efevberha, who used to play on the CSUN basketball team, was handling The Game well and scoring on him.
Hartley said the hours for the open gym have been extended, and this plays a part in why new people are showing up to play.
Beginning this semester, the open gym hours for basketball were extended. They are now from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday through Wednesday, and 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday.
Last semester, Nick Young and another member of the USC basketball team showed up at open gym and played, Hartley said. He said these were the only two other people he has seen during open gym who could be considered well-known.
“The open gym is mainly for CSUN students,” Hartley said.
It is okay for non-CSUN students to play there, he said, “as long as it’s a good healthy game.”
When the Sundial asked The Game why he decided to come to CSUN to play basketball he said, “You sound like the police.”