As the the NBA Playoffs continues on, players are well into their postseason rituals, whether it be distancing themselves from social media, reading books, or trying to get in the zone by listening to music. The go-to playlist is all important for these athletes who rely on their favorite artists to pump themselves up and get in the right mood. Here are hand-picked playlists for some of the remaining stars in the playoffs.
LeBron James: PRODAY – “A Playlist Fit For a King”
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Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James is the unquestioned best player on the planet. With a reign that has arguably lasted over a decade, King James is the player that every up-and-comer wants to knock off. It’s only right that he gets tunes from the “greatest rapper alive,” King Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick’s rhymes about cementing his legacy as one of the best rappers in the game is similar to LeBron chasing Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball ever. To be honest, LeBron probably has some unreleased Kendrick songs we know nothing of, evidenced by his frequent previews of new music on Instagram.
John Wall: PRODAY – “Death Row D.C. Ditties”
As the Wizards rebounded from a 2-8 start to the season, they were led by point guard John Wall who, along with power forward Markieff Morris, adopted a “Death Row D.C.” moniker. This is a fitting nickname for a team that has shown a rough edge throughout the season and into the playoffs. Some Tupac, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre is perfect for a physical series against the Boston Celtics. This playlist features hard-hitting production and Tupac’s boasts of being “America’s most wanted.”
Kawahi Leonard: PRODAY – “The Quiet Superstar”
San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard is the league’s quietest superstar. He doesn’t draw any attention to himself, letting his play do all the talking. Leonard would prefer to vibe to another mild-mannered superstar: J. Cole. While Leonard and Cole both shy away from social media and aren’t as boisterous as their peers, their dedication to every aspect of their craft has been rewarded with success and accolades that must be respected. The playlist lacks a lot of 808s but Cole’s soothing voice flows over mellow samples and delicate instrumentation.
Steph Curry: PRODAY – “Drizzy with the Shot”
Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is one of the most polarizing figures in the game. He has had an unexpected rise to stardom and has befriended another polarizing star: Toronto M.C. Drake. Drake has also name-dropped Curry in a few of his songs, evidence of their amicable relationship. Drake’s music in this playlist mirrors Curry in Drizzy’s charismatic and borderline arrogant rhymes.
James Harden: PRODAY – “The New Wave”
Houston Rockets leader James Harden had a MVP-caliber effort in his first season under head coach Mike D’Antoni, as he moved to the point guard position. His eclectic playing style and notorious beard has cemented his spot as one of the league’s top icons for years to come. He would love to listen to Houston native Travis Scott, whose unique sound and image has captivated fans all over the world. His unorthodox production and autotune is consistent throughout this playlist.
*Feature image courtesy of Amani Walker*