Kick Out the Jams
Big Ben Wallace just sits at his locker – facing his locker – getting into his jams. LeBron comes out of the trainer’s room rapping, loudly. It’s as great as it sounds. (The final exchange took place in Thursday night’s pre-game locker room.)
Cavs.com thought we’d try to find out what the guys are listening to: before the game, after the game. As you might imagine, rap and R&B top the charts. It’s not like LeBron James – the man who shared a stage with Jay-Z a couple weeks ago – is listening to, like, Barry Manilow. Right?
cavs.com: What do you listen to before a game?
LeBron James: It’s not always Jay-Z. For the most part it is. Music is a part of my life; it’s always been a part of my life. It’s always been part of my pre-game routine ever since I started playing basketball.
Ben Wallace: Yeah, T.I., Lil Weezy, Jay-Z, Scarface. I’m into a little bit of everything.
Jawad Williams: All rap, really. But a mixture of different things. Lil Wayne, Jay-Z. Anything that gets me going. There’s a lot of different stuff out there. I can’t listen to anything mellow. I’ll go to sleep. I need something that’s going to put me on edge. T.I. Yeah, I have that on my iPod now. I think everyone’s got that right now.
Lorenzen Wright: I listen to Christian music before a game. I don’t do the gangsta stuff anymore. I used to listen to that when I was younger.
LeBron James: Nah. Never. Ever. Ever.
Ben Wallace: I don’t listen to the radio. Just CDs.
Tarence Kinsey: I listen to whatever was in my CD player when I came to the arena. Right now, I’m just into Lil Wayne. He’s a great artist. I can listen to his whole CD, from 1 through 15.
Jawad Williams: Some rap music again. Maybe a little R&B, depending on what kind of mood I’m in. I’m one of those people who can’t sleep after the game anyway. So maybe some R&B to help me try to get some sleep, but that doesn’t always work either.
LeBron James: I listen to everything. I listen to hip-hop, R&B, alternative. I don’t listen to all hip-hop. I listen to hip-hop before the game to get me ready.
Chris Thomassan, Rocky Mountain News: Did you know Carmelo Anthony has admitted having Barry Manilow on his iPod?
Tom Withers, Associated Press : Do you know which songs?
LeBron James: Not off the top of my head. But I bet I can find it on my iPod. Go ahead, ask questions. I’m going to go look for it.
LeBron James: Here: “Copa Cabana,” “I Am Your Child,” “Mandy.”
But I’m going to listen to some Jay-Z right now.