James Harden has long been a fan of Meek Mill.
The Houston Rockets star danced to the embattled rapper’s music on social media, invited him to perform at his birthday party and played in a charity basketball game with him over the summer. So, when the NBA schedule afforded him a chance to visit Mill in Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution after Christmas, Harden seized the opportunity.
Harden visited the rapper on Tuesday, between Houston’s Christmas Day game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City and a national TV matchup with the Celtics in Boston on Thursday, according to reports.
Harden plans to wear custom-made Adidas “FREE MEEK” sneakers for Thursday’s game against the Celtics, per SI.com’s DeAntae Price, and designer Salvador Amezcua posted this photo to Instagram:
Mill is a Philadelphia native who was sentenced to two-to-four years in state prison last month for allegedly twice violating a probation sentence stemming from his 2008 arrest on drug and gun charges, according to reports.
Mill pleaded guilty to reckless driving charges in October for allegedly doing wheelies on a dirt bike in Manhattan, and charges alleging he participated in a fight at St. Louis airport in March were dropped following a plea agreement stipulating community service.