Musicians Share Their Picks for the 2017 NBA Champion
The NBA season just started, but the postseason is already on basketball fans' minds: Can LeBron lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to another ring? Will the Warriors, with the addition of Kevin Durant to their already stacked roster, prove unstoppable? Or will some other team entirely come out on top?
Billboard asked artists from around the music world, as both fans and amateur analysts, to offer their take.
Alex Pall, The Chainsmokers: “This is a hard question to answer, because we want the Knicks -- we are ready to put back on our jerseys and not wear them with shame. Last couple years putting on a Knicks jersey was like Cersei's walk of shame [on Game of Thrones].”
Post Malone: "The Dallas Mavs have to rep for the hometown, no matter what! We are taking it all this year!”
Bryan “Birdman” Williams: “OKC [Thunder] going all the way to the finals… they got [Russell] Westbrook.”
James TW: "I pick the Cavs. Been a fan of theirs for a while now. When Kyrie & J.R. Smith are on point, it's mayhem!"
Young the Giant’s Francis Comtois: "The most obvious choice would be the historic team that just added a top three player, but I have to give the edge to the Cavaliers. They kept most of the pieces from the championship team and I think that LeBron sees a win against the uber-Warriors as a chance to propel him into the GOAT conversation. Either that or D'Angelo Russell absorbed all of Kobe's life-force, Highlander-style, and single-handedly takes the Lakers to the Finals (a guy can dream)."
Ty Dolla $ign: “Not sure we will reign this year, but my team is the Lakers.”
Imad Royal: “I gotta rep my Washington Wizards always, 'cause they're the home team, but if the Warriors don't win it this year it would be wild.”
Shinedown’s Zach Meyers: “I personally hope my Memphis Grizzlies take home the NBA Championship this year by keeping our core guys and adding [Chandler] Parsons and with Coach Fizdale coming onboard. But I think it will most likely come down to the same two teams we saw last year.”
Jacquees: “I’m f---ing with LeBron and Cleveland. … Wherever he’s at, I’m at. LeBron is my NBA Michael Vick.”