By Rob Markman
LeBron James took home his first championship ring last month, when he and the Miami Heat won the coveted NBA Championship, and his teammates definitely indulged in a hip-hop heavy soundtrack for motivation.
“I go old school sometimes in the locker room, I go new school. Of course I’m gonna play Jay-Z, Kanye. I play Rick Ross, Lil Wayne,” James told MTV News while promoting the Sprite Uncontainable Game, in which he and Kobe Bryant will coach two teams of amateur players during 2013’s NBA All-Star Weekend. “I play some of the new artists like Wiz and Cash Out and Future and 2 Chainz.”
There was one song in particular that helped motivate LeBron, Dwayne Wade and the other members of the Miami Heat’s squad to victory: “Also Big K.R.I.T. [’I Got This’] was one of our theme songs this year,” James said of the single from K.R.I.T.’s debut album, Live From the Underground.
It’ll be interesting to hear what music will motivate the kids who will play in Sprite’s Uncontainable Game next year. Regardless of the soundtrack, LeBron is looking forward to playing head coach against his rival Kobe, and in turn, teaching young basketball players some valuable lessons.
“We’re not actually going to be on the basketball court playing one-on-one, but we get an opportunity to use our knowledge of the game to help coach these kids that’s gonna be a part of this great venture,” he explained. “With the Uncontainable Game with Sprite, these kids get an opportunity to be around some professional athletes.”