Here is Part 2 of All 30 NBA Teams As Drake Songs:
"Legend" is Drake explaining that he is the most influential rap celebrity from Toronto, and even as he gets older, no one is competing with him. "It's too late for my city, I'm the youngest n**** reppin," he says. Dirk Nowitzki has long been the NBA's best European player and no one has really come close. He is a sure-fire NBA legend who is still the youngest European reppin (although a certain Latvian in New York may be the guy to finally take over Nowitzki's crown).
James Harden and Dwight Howard direct a hardwood soap opera in Houston. Kevin McHale led the Rockets to the Western Conference Final a season ago and got ousted 11 games into 2015-16. Harden wants the ball and Howard still wants to believe he is a superstar. They're on their worst behavior. "Do it look like we stressin'?" So far this season, yes.
Too easy. "I got a really big team, and they need some really big rings, they need some really nice things." Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich have five rings, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have four and Kawhi Leonard has an NBA Finals MVP. Overshadowed by the Warriors' success is the Spurs' 2015-16 dominance. San Antonio will be right in contention come spring. What a time to be alive.
The Pelicans started an abysmal 2-11 after making the postseason last spring for the first time since 2011. Since Anthony Davis returned from a shoulder injury for a Nov. 20 win against the Spurs, the Pelicans have shown life. With a chunk of season left, New Orleans can still make a run at a playoff spot. The Pelicans are returning to 2014-15 form, although Davis knows, "It's hard to do these things alone."
Honestly, this is just a tip of the hat to Zach Randolph. "When you get to where the f*** I'm at, you gotta remind 'em about where you been." Remember when Z-Bo toiled away with Eddy Curry in New York's heaviest backcourt outside the Carnegie Deli? It looked like all Randolph's potential was washed up. Randolph turned himself into an outstanding asset for an outstanding team, with Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, for the past seven years in Memphis.
No matter how much fans want the old Derrick Rose, he's not coming back. Don't tempt him. This team floods the headlines for good and bad reasons. Firing coach Tom Thibodeau woke this team up a little bit, as seen by recent locker room smoke. As Jimmy Butler's teammates may say right now, "I had someone tell me I fell off, ooh I needed that." Side note: "Charged Up" was a close second just for the line, "Must I remind you that Jimmy got 20 million on it."
The Bucks are a motley crew of previously rejected players. Khris Middleton and Miles Plumlee spent time in the D-League within the past three years. Former prized prospects O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless appeared to fall short of their hype before finding roles in Milwaukee. Greg Monroe just signed a fat contract after five playoff-less seasons in Detroit. "I'll take care of you," the Bucks say. That is good, considering Jason Kidd "loved and lost" the Nets.
"Gone for surgery but now I'm back again," seems written for Paul George. Drake raps about how he will be missed while on tour (and Lil Wayne focuses his verse on how he will be missed while in jail). After George's gruesome injury training for the 2014 World Cup, the Pacers missed the postseason in 2014-15 (George averaged 15.2 minutes in six games). This season, George in the non-Stephen Curry MVP conversation, and the Pacers are contenders again.
Nearly every playoff-level team has an argument for this spot, but in 2015-16, the Pistons deserve it. Once a powerhouse franchise, Detroit has not reached a postseason since 2009. This year, behind Andre Drummond, who has never won more than 32 games, and Reggie Jackson, who spent three and a half years backing up Russell Westbrook, the Pistons are gaining legitimacy in the east. I wanted to place a song featuring Detroit native Big Sean here, but this fits better.
There are a lot of options here, but the choice comes back to the 2008 documentary, More than a Game, following LeBron James and his high school teammates. "If you ain't been a part of it, at least you to witness," Drake says on the track, recorded for the film. Seven years later, we are still all witnesses, even after Drake was a constant presence during LeBron's Miami stint. Also, check out the music video. It is so old LeBron is playing online poker.