BY JOE GABRIELE
NBA players are often fictionalized as
boastful, boisterous individuals who feel they
can do anything.
But, as usual, the actual truth is completely
different. And though they’re well-paid for
their abundant talents, they also know their
limitations – especially when it comes to
music. At the highest levels, musical talent is
one of the only God-given gifts that – like the
players’ own – you either have or you don’t.
(That’s not to say anyone can’t show off their
pipes or learn an instrument – and, like all of
us, the current Cavs have aspirations. Walter
McCarty has sung the National Anthem at All-
Star Weekend. Our own Jim Chones played it
on bass before a home game at The Q.)
Players’ tastes are mostly rap, R&B and
hip-hop, but there’s also a wide range of
everything from John Coltrane to Portugal
the Man to Outkast – and that’s just Channing
Whatever they’re listening to, music plays
a major role in pro athletes gameday ritual.
It’s a rarity to see a player at any level getting
off the bus without a set of headphones on.
And how the tunes tweak their mood might
be the difference between an outstanding
performance or a total dud.
Sword Magazine sat down with some of the
current Cavs to talk about how music affects
them – in life and in basketball...
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