Exactly when Kanye West will return to the concert stage remains unclear -- although TMZ has reported the plan is for the 21-time Grammy winner to resume touring early next year. Either way, he was on the basketball court Monday. At UCLA. Smiling big.
Yes, that's a happy Yeezus -- front and center in Saint Pablo shorts -- posing with Steve Alford's Bruins. Over his left shoulder is labelmate 2 Chainz. To his right is LaVar Ball's middle son, LiAngelo Ball. So the place was filled with famous folks.
(Note: 2 Chainz -- his real name is Tauheed Epps -- played college basketball at Alabama State. So he can actually hoop a little.)
West has a well-documented love for basketball. He's often courtside at games and has in various songs mentioned, among others, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, James Harden, Nick Young, Derrick Rose, Magic Johnson and (most randomly) Matt Barnes -- specifically in the track "30 Hours" on West's The Life of Pablo album. In 2015, his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, rented out Staples Center for West's birthday so that he and his friends could play there.
So did Kanye West actually play with UCLA on Monday?
A school spokesperson told CBS Sports that West, 2 Chainz and some of their friends were playing by themselves when UCLA's players happened to walk into the Wooden Center for a scheduled workout. When West finished playing, the spokesperson said, he kindly walked over and spent about five minutes talking to the players and posing for pictures.
"A lot of our guys listen to his music, so it was a cool thing for them," the UCLA spokesperson said. "We sometimes get celebrities on our campus, and you never know how they're going to be. But, honestly, Kanye was super-friendly with our guys. I was impressed."