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LeBron’s pregame music: Wu-Tang, Jay-Z and some DMX

Mar 30, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

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When you think of LeBron’s pregame ritual, you probably think of the chalk toss he stole from MJ.

But music is part of it, too, long before he takes the court. It’s that way with a lot of players. They sit at their locker wearing Beats by Dre listening to whatever and getting into a zone. (We’re not totally sure where Andray Blatche’s zone is located, but he is in it.)

Before the Heat went out and rolled the Mavericks Thursday LeBron didn’t go with the headphones, he wanted everyone in his zone and so he blasted the music in the locker room — and this wasn’t some wussy Pandora Coldplay station either. This is music to make you want to do violence to others. From Michael Wallace of ESPN’s Heat Index.

About 90 minutes before Thursday’s home game against the Dallas Mavericks, LeBron James walked over to the stereo system in the Miami Heat’s locker room, inserted his music device and pumped up the volume loud enough to send vibrations through a nearby dry-erase board.

There was Wu-Tang Clan’s “Bring The Pain.”

Then came Jay-Z’s “Reservoir Dogs.”

By the time a compilation of DMX’s greatest hits blasted through the speakers, James had pounded and paced himself into a sweat-lathered, rhythmic routine that more resembled a boxer preparing for a big fight than a basketball player anxiously hoping to lead his team onto the court and out of a slump.

LeBron promptly went out and was the best player on the court. If he plays like that every night not only can he pump all the ‘90s hip-hop he wants Erik Spoelstra will go out and buy him some iTunes gift cards to get more.

From the “one should know one’s limits” school of writing, I’m not going to try to break down the tracks and any significance — Mike Prada does that very well over at SBN. Go read that.

Just remember we don’t want you actually doing violence to other humans. Not even the Mavericks.

  1. royistheboy - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Does this mean I have to stop listening to Wu Tang because LeBron likes them too?… that sucks

  2. glink123 - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    riiiight. we all know LBJ rawks out to Miley Cyrus.

  3. fats84 - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Dmx dmx dmx where my dogs at!

  4. lakerluver - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Wu-Tang is the greatest Hip hop group ever. Many M.C.’s get mentioned before Raekwon and The GZA but they are both top 5 all time!!

  5. rhetoric1 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Is this a new weekly segment? Can brian scalabrine be up next, please?

  6. bucsnsincity - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    And we care about this why????

  7. diablito0402 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    How about some motivational music to play late in games, be a factor with a mainute left, releave some pressure from wade,, geeez

  8. 00maltliquor - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    DMX will definatly get you hype before a game

  9. stayhigh_247 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    More proof todays “hiphop” sucks. Drake and lil Jayne wont cut it, dude needs to hear that X and Wu to get amped, none of that wack ass Rick Ross either bragging about cars and money dont do much for my adrenaline…

    • redbullenergydrink - Apr 1, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Hahaha, yeah, Rick Ross DOES suck!

  10. eugenesaxe - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Seems like he occasionally blasts Beck’s “Loser” too.

  11. boondocksaint224 - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    “Wu-Tang, Jay-Z and some DMX”

    Read: Soulja Boy, Ja Rule and some Drake.

  12. vicktator - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    DMX- “Where my rings, where my rings, where my rings at?”

  13. jetshorty - Mar 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    man….”bring the pain” is method man. Wtf.

  14. isujames - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    All wack east coast crap.

  15. drubeatz - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    He shoulda played “bring the muth f***in ruckus” or “wutang clan ain’t nuttin to f*** wit”. He’d win the finals with those songs. Well….maybe not.

  16. starks3 - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    See he should have played in NY if all he listens to is NY hip hop. I bet Rick Ross and Luther Campbell are upset Lebron doesn’t listen to Miami rap.

  17. 700levelvet - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:45 AM

    Is their a rap group………..Named Ringless?…..Seems fitting for the BSPN legacy………

  18. losangelasbasketball - Mar 31, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    bosh listens to cher

  19. randygnyc - Mar 31, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    This only reinforces the stereotypes that the NBA and it’s players have earned. They continue to pander to the gangster culture, glorifying violence and getting high. Animals………

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