Say what you want about Lonzo Ball but the kid is taking the usual order of operations and throwing them in a blender. The former UCLA star didn’t wait to be drafted before becoming the face of a $495 shoe. He didn’t wait until playing a single meaningful minute in professional basketball before going on a full-on media tour. So it’s really no surprise that he didn’t wait to release a rap song. Here it is. The freestyling Ball is using the name ZO2 and using Drake’s “Free Smoke” as the beat.
Ex-NBA star Daniel Gibson says his music career is BLASTING OFF … telling TMZ Sports he’s been working with some HUGE artists lately, like Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa. Gibson put down the rock and picked up the mic some time ago, and when we got him out in L.A., we asked him how things have been going since the career move.
The song ESPN is using during the NBA playoffs, Kendrick Lamar’s single Humble, has now been turned into a parody video with a Warriors twist. Athletes Underground posted the video this week that features a cartoon Draymond Green as Lamar. He raps about the doubters, the Raiders, and mostly just about how the Warriors are so great that “it’s hard to be humble.”
What do your teammates think about your country music? Jimmy Butler: The majority of them hate it. Some of it’s catchy, though. I play it so much my teammates might just mouth a word or two across the locker room. They won’t let you know, but they definitely do it.
Granted, I’m from California, but when I think country music, I think whiskey and exes who live in Texas. Why does it speak to you? Jimmy Butler: It’s really laid back and mellow. And there’s always a story behind it, some truthful story that happened to you. People say it’s sad, but I’m getting to learn about you through your music, just from what you wrote in the song. I’m friends with a lot of them now — Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Russell Dickerson. I try to support them as much as I can in the offseason, traveling to different cities. I respect the hell out of what they’re doing.
Tom Orsborn: Pop was asked on whether #Spurs should follow Knicks’ no-music experiment. Pop on arena music: “I always think the music is a little loud, for sure. Most of it is not all that enjoyable.” Pop says each fan should have their own personal jukebox like they use to have on the tables at “those old drugstores.” #Spurs
The Nets will celebrate the life of Brooklyn-born Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious B.I.G. and Billboard’s “greatest rapper of all-time,” when the Nets host the New York Knicks at Barclays Center on Sunday, March 12 at 6 p.m. The evening will commemorate Biggie’s iconic legacy and the 20th anniversary of his passing on March 9, 1997.