Basketball players and Music

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All around the world, music is used as a source of comfort and relaxation. Many people resort to music and rhythm to escape worldly troubles as seen by many famous artists.

Adele has said in an interview how she uses music to heal her mental scars or how certain musicians turn to music to get rid of their addictions, mostly alcohol abuse.

In this article, we will explore what NBA players listen to before they hit the courts. Just like celebrities and commoners, music has been accepted universally as a feel-good mechanism. NBA players are no different.

There are many interviews out there on the internet whereby an NBA or basketball player has mentioned the songs they listen to before heading inside the courts to play.

In this article, we have compiled some of the interesting selections by these players and the website that will help you to download and listen to music from your device using a Youtube MP3 converter that will download and convert to MP3 or MP4 any music or video that is available on Youtube. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.

Jeff Teague – Atlanta Hawks 

An American professional basketball player that was named an NBA All-Star in 2015. He was reported to say on an interview that he likes to listen to RNB and Rap songs before he plays a match. The professional athlete has mentioned listening to “Dark Sky” by Big Sean and “10 Bands” by Drake before a match. He even said he enjoys listening to Paramore’s “Ain’t it fun” before a big game. 

Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green, an American basketball player plays a power forward role in most of the games. He has won the NBA championship three times and has been an NBA All-Star three times in a row. He even won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. Draymond has admitted listening to “Drinks On Us” by Mike Will Ft The Weeknd, Swae Lee and Future before a big game. He has also stated that he enjoys listening to “10 Bands” by Drake and “Flicka Da Wrist” by Chedda Da Connect. 

Courtney Lee – Dallas Mavericks

Courtney Lee, an American professional basketball player currently represents the Dallas Mavericks. Courtney started by playing college basketball at Western Kentucky University and later was drafted by Orlando Magic with the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.

The player has mentioned in several interviews that he listens to “when we ride on our enemies” and “picture me rollin” by 2Pac before a game. He even enjoys “Stay Loyal” by Nipsey and “Ball Drop” by Fabolous Ft French Montana. When asked about Drake, he didn’t hesitate to mention that “Legend” by Drake before a game gets him going. 

Christian James McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers

Christian James McCollum made news during his third year of playing as the Most Improved Player in the NBA. He moved to shooting guard in the third year and moved up from reserve player to a main spot on the team. In the 2018/2019 season, C.J. McCollum averaged 21 points across 70 games.

That’s a substantial score for a relatively new player. C.J has admitted listening to “Blessings” by Big Sean Ft Drake, “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar and “One Mic” by Nas. We think any of these songs would be great enough to create a hype before a big match. 

DeMar DeRozan – San Antonio Spurs

Known for playing college basketball for the USC Trojans, DeMar DeRozan was selected ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2009 NBA Draft.

DeMar is a four-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA team member. He spent nine seasons with the Raptors before joining the San Antonio Spurs. DeMar enjoys listening to “Hood Politics” by Kendrick Lamar, “Legend” by Drake and “Backseat Freestyle” by Kendrick Lamar. 

It seems like Rap and R&B songs, especially those produced by Drake are quite popular among the players. Before we end this article, here are a few more NBA professional players and their preference of music. 

Jonas Valanciunas – Toronto Raptors

“Know Yourself”, “6 Man”, “0 to 100”, “Started from the Bottom” by Drake

Meyers Leonard – Portland Blazers

“Lay It On Me” by Dylan Scott, “Energy” by Drake and “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” by Billy Joel

Tony Allen – Memphis Grizzlies“10 Bands”, “No Tellin’, “Know Yourself” by Drake