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May 20, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Kareem Rush

  (3:59 PM)

Kareem Rush stops by in a couple of minutes to chat about his new music career.

Kareem Rush
  (4:01 PM)

Welcome everybody. Thank you for joining me in my chat. Lookout for the Rehab and R&B coming out soon.

Brad (Gadsden,Alabama)

Kareem, Who is your fav. R&B singer?

Kareem Rush
  (4:02 PM)

My favorite R&B singer right now is Maxwell. He took a long hiatus but he's back with a new album and I love it.

Daniel (Detroit, MI)

Which athlete turned singer has impressed you the most?

Kareem Rush
  (4:05 PM)

I would say Wayman Tisdale and Mariano Rivera. Wayman wasn't a singer but his musicianship was great. Mariano on the bass is good too. Not taking anything away from the Big Fella Shaq but those two where my guys.

Demetri (Memphis)

Kareem.. how often do you write songs? What is your process like?

Kareem Rush
  (4:07 PM)

I only wrote two songs on my album but I'm looking to be a well rounded artist so I'm working on my song writing. I did write Missouri. A song on my album that pays homage to Kansas City, Missouri.

Stldynamite (THE ZOU)

When are you going to come back to THE ZOU and sing the National Anthem? Homecoming this year vs. OU would be a good time to come back!MIZZOU RAH!

Kareem Rush
  (4:08 PM)

I'm actually coming back to Mizzou to except my award for the Player of the Decade. I do plan on coming back to Missouri to do some shows. I will be at Summer Jam in Kansas City on June 19.

Shaswat (Chendamarai)

What got you interested in starting your music career?

Kareem Rush
  (4:11 PM)

I've been interested in music my entire life but never thought I would get into it professionally until I tore my ACL. I wanted to go back to school during rehab but friends told me that I should peruse music while I rehab instead. So my injury has been a blessing in disguise.

Jonny (tampa)

Would you have tried out for American Idol if you could have? How do you think Simon would have reacted to your singing?

Kareem Rush
  (4:13 PM)

(Laughing) Actually, I've thought about trying out for American Idol. While I was in training camp in Seattle they had American Idol tryouts and I was tempted to go but I didn't want to get stuck in one of those terrible contracts Idol artist get. I started my own company Big Rush Entertainment. Website coming soon.

Richie Ceballes (Colorado)

Kareem you been my favorite basketball player since i was little! Are you going to nba summer league and looking at getting back in the nba?

Kareem Rush
  (4:14 PM)

I'm still a few months out as far as getting back on the court. I'm not planning to play summer league but hopefully I'll be in a team's training camp this fall. I'm not giving up on basketball.

T.J. (Brooklyn)

Who is going to win the championship thisyear?

Kareem Rush
  (4:15 PM)

I think I have to go with the Lakers in six against Boston.

Ian (Connecticut)

Kareem, what would be a good way to prepare for highschool tryouts in the offseason?

Kareem Rush
  (4:16 PM)

The most important thing is to go out and put the work in. The harder you work, the easier things are. If you do that, things should work out fine.

Jeremy R. (C-Town)

what was the last concert you went to?

Kareem Rush
  (4:17 PM)

The last concert I went to was Jay-Z in 2005.

STLdynamite (THE ZOU)

Musiq Soulchild, Jahiem, Cee-Lo, or Anthony Hamilton? Who ya got?

Kareem Rush
  (4:18 PM)

I think I'll take Musiq out of this group. He's amazing but you can't go wrong with anyone of these guys.

Jessica Acker (St. Louis, MO)

Kareem, aren't your legs sore from running through my dreams all night long?

Kareem Rush
  (4:19 PM)

(Laughing) I guess they are but I'm an athlete so I can run for a long long time.

Casey Pahl (Your nosy!!)

Hey, what is your take on how the NBA playoffs have went so far?? And who do you have taking the crown?

Kareem Rush
  (4:20 PM)

So far, they have been amazing. We had a couple floppers with the sweeps in the second round. I'm surprised that Cleveland is out but all in all its been a good playoffs. It's tough watching it and not being able to play but I'm enjoying it as a fan.

Kareem Rush
  (4:23 PM)

Thanks to everyone for joining me on this chat. Follow me on Twitter @KareemRush. Be on the lookout for, and my album Rehab and R&B coming out this fall.