Between Tuesday and Kobe Bryant’s final game on Wednesday night, you’ll see an endless stream of tributes to the Los Angeles Lakers legend (and that’s as it should be). But it’s possible none of them will match this awesomeness: Kendrick Lamar — with help from ESPN’s Scoop Jackson — doing a poem about the guard along with some of his greatest shots, posterizings and on-court moments. It also uses beats and some lyrics from Lamar’s untitled 07 off his newest album, untitled unmastered, which makes it even better.
Each player has his own song that he listens to when it comes time to get ready for a game. In fact, the mix we hear during layup lines at American Airlines Center was built by the players themselves. But we wanted to go beyond just that selection of music and build an ultimate “Mavs Mix” of songs the guys listen to when they’re working the hardest. The result is a playlist below accessible on Spotify or via streaming here. The inside scoop on who requested what: J.J. Barea listens to a lot of reggaeton, and one of his favorites is “La Gozadera.” He’s not the only one who digs that style of music, though. Mavs rookie Justin Anderson enjoys reggae’s upbeat nature. “I don’t really understand it,” he admitted, as he doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish. “But I like the fact that, no matter what, it puts you in a good mood to dance, move your feet, or get active.”
Finally, there’s Dirk Nowitzki. The Big German has one of the more unique tastes in music in the league, preferring older stuff like The Rolling Stones or, as Parsons said, Matchbox Twenty. (There’s nothing wrong with that!) “Mr. Jones” is one of Nowitzki’s favorite songs, as we’ve heard over the years. While you might find a lot of players who will make fun of Dirk’s musical catalog, the always-polite Evans played nice. “Some of it’s kind of cool,” he said, smiling. “Just depends on what mood we’re in.”
From cutting-edge 3-D projection to radical social media and barrier-breaking uniforms, the Atlanta Hawks are now bringing innovation of the musical variety to Philips Arena. The 2016 National Association of Music Merchandisers convention saw the unveiling of a custom Hawks branded, 190-degree curved keyboard. The commissioned piece is a collaboration between the team and PianoArc, makers of the Brockettship, the first 360-degree keyboard. The convention, which had more than 100,000 attendees, was introduced to the custom instrument with a joint performance by Hawks in-house organist, Sir Foster, along with PianoArc creator and Lady Gaga touring band member, Brocket Parsons. Click here for video.
Despite being the 6th leading scorer in the NBA, Damien Lillard didn’t make the All-Star squad … and he’s venting about it in a brand new rap song. The Portland Trail Blazers star just dropped “They Sleep” under his rap moniker Dame D.O.L.L.A.– in which he spits the line: “I ain’t make the all-stars but I’m flu game sick … Last time they count me out, what I do Game 6?”