The elite class of athletes and musicians share much in common -- wealth, fame, a central role in popular culture. So it should not come as a surprise that there is, generally speaking, a great mutual respect between rappers and athletes. Sometimes this respect engenders friendship. Sometimes it engenders rappers and athletes throwing each other alley-oops... on and off the court.

From Lebron James & Jay Z to JR Smith and Lil Wayne, click through the galleries to learn about 10 notable rapper-athlete bromances.