NBA Stars, Bump These: Recommended Songs, Pt. 1

aSenior Analyst IJune 18, 2016

Throughout Phil Jackson's tenure as coach of the Lakers, he has been known to provide his players with inspirational books on an array of topics. Usually, the books deal with something going on in the player's life and relate to the individual.

But we know how busy professional athletes can be. So rather than recommending books, we're going to give out some songs for certain players to take a listen to. Maybe these tunes will help them solve a problem or simply come to a realization.

Without further ado, let's check out the playlist.


For the Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett: "When You're Gone" by Avril Lavigne

Relevant lyrics:

When you walk away, I count the steps that you take

Do you see how much I need you right now?

I miss you

Since losing Garnett to injury in late February, the Celtics have gone 6-7, including 1-4 in their last five, and are now only one game ahead of the third-seed Orlando Magic in the East. They've looked very beatable and have lost to the Bucks, Clippers, and Bulls.

Clearly, the Celtics see how much they need Kevin right now. Saying that they "miss him" is definitely an understatement.

Another suggestion for the Celtics and KG: "My Life Would Suck Without You" by Kelly Clarkson

Other players who should bump this: the Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, the Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum, and the Philadelphia Sixers' Elton Brand


For the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady: "Hurt" by T.I. and Busta Rhymes

Relevant Lyrics:

Ain't a damn thang change

I still keep that thang right up under my shirt

Better tell 'em I ain't playin'

Because it's all fun and games until somebody get hurt

Sure, that second line doesn't make sense, but everything else describes McGrady's injury woes perfectly.

Tracy is one of the top players in the league when healthy, but each season "ain't a damn thing change" because after a brief stint, he always goes down, and everyone knows he "ain't playin" for awhile.

Check out this song, T-Mac, it seems as if it were written for you.

Another suggestion for McGrady: "You Will Always Hurt" by Waterdeep

Other players who should bump this: the Portland Trail Blazers' Greg Oden, the Miami Heat's Jermaine O'Neal, the Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas, and (in the past) the Phoenix Suns' Grant Hill


From the L.A. Clippers' Baron Davis to the Philadelphia 76ers' Elton Brand: "Heartless" by Kanye West

Relevant Lyrics:

How could you be so heartless?

How could you be so, cold as the winter wind when it breeze, yo

Just remember that you talkin' to me though

You need to watch the way you talkin' to me, yo

I mean after all the things that we've been through

I mean after all the things we got into

Hey yo, I know of some things that you ain't told me

Hey yo, I did some things but that's the old me

But in the end it's still so lonely

This past offseason, Baron Davis and Elton Brand were supposed to form a dynamic duo in Los Angeles. The Clippers were going to have a big man-guard duo of their own in the Staples Center, and things were looking great. That is, until Brand fled for Philly when negotiations with the Clips broke down.

This left Davis on a below-average team with a tiny fan base in a city dominated by the Lakers.

The two former friends, emphasis on former, have not talked since the offseason, and these lyrics perfectly describe Baron's pain.

Another suggestion for this situation: "Where'd You Go?" by Fort Minor

Other players who might send this one out: the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (to the Utah Jazz's Carlos Boozer)


For the Detroit Pistons' Allen Iverson: "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay

Relevant Lyrics:

I used to rule the world

Seas would rise when I gave the word

Now in the morning I sleep alone

Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice

Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes

Listen as the crowd would sing

"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key

Next the walls were closed on me

And I discovered that my castles stand

Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

Iverson used to "rule the (basketball) world," as the song says. But lately, he hasn't had any Playoff success, and teams have found it harder and harder to win with him on their team.

The Nuggets dealt him after failing to advance past the first round every season since they acquired him from Philadelphia. The Pistons picked up the veteran guard and have been struggling since; they often play better with Iverson not in the lineup.

Recently, rumors have surfaced that Detroit could have A.I. shut it down for the season in a classic "addition by subtraction" move. He no longer "feels the fear in his enemy's eyes" and the "walls are (quickly) closing" on the Answer.

Another suggestion for A.I.: "Life Is Not What It Used To Be" by Bruce Springsteen

Other players who should take a listen: retired star Alonzo Mourning, the New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter, and the Boston Celtics' Stephon Marbury


For the Phoenix Suns' Jason Richardson: "I'm So Paid" by Akon, Lil Wayne, and Young Jeezy

Relevant Lyrics:

I get it in til the sun rise

Doing 90 in a 65

Windows rolled down screamin out   

Hey-ey-ey I'm so paid!

While Jason Richardson isn't making the most money in the NBA, these lyrics are perfect for him.

Not only is he a Sun, but he has recently had some problems speeding; "90 in a 65" is pretty fast, but that's nothing for Richardson. He was recently pulled over going 90 in a 35 with his three-year-old son unrestrained in the vehicle.

That's right, 55 miles per hour over the speed limit. Take that, Akon!

Another suggestion for J-Rich: "Speedin'" by Rick Ross and R. Kelly

Other players who should take a listen: LeBron James (for monetary and speeding ticket reasons)


Bleacher Report, using their power as a major sports media outlet, will be sending iPods with these songs already loaded to each player mentioned in the article. Thanks, Zander!


Part Two of this article will be released in the next few days.


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