Have you ever thought about rapping?
No, I’m the worst. I’ll get a ghostwriter. I actually even recorded two songs, a few verses, just messing around the studio with friends. It was written, though, but I still had a fun little time. I’m the worst when it comes to rapping, though. I’ll just be a fan.
Freestyle went wrong?
I’m so terrible at rhyming it's just weak, man. I wish I had a freestyle in me because my teammate Damian Lillard does his thing on Instagram, 4-Bar Fridays
. He was like, "I know I’m going to get something from you though." I was like, man, I’m going to have to search for something because I don’t really have no rhymes like that big bruh.
I interviewed Damian before the season about 4-Bar Fridays. When he started it, what were your thoughts?
It was a great creative idea to do something and have an outlet like Instagram to do that. It’s blown up. He did a big event All-Star Weekend
. Whenever you have an outlet to do something you love, it's always good to do it. With him doing it, I thought that was brilliant. I’m pretty sure its going to grow just like his brand is going to grow. I’m happy for him, he’s done something that he really loves to do outside of basketball and get it out to the fans and people who like rapping as well.
Who’s your favorite hip-hop artist in the West Coast right now?
Right now, I don’t really have one but I’m going to go with YG, Dom Kennedy and Problem, Nipsey Hu$$le and Kendrick Lamar, for sure.
If you could make an iPod playlist of what you're listening to, what are some of the songs you'd put on there?
That’s tough; something that gets me going. A lot of Drake for sure, Rich Homie Quan, he’s really growing on me. All those guys I named from the West Coast. I like Young Thug a lot. K Camp and of course [Rick] Ross.
What do you listen to before games?
I have two different playlists. I'm really into stuff that’s going to get me hyped and get me into the game. So a lot of West Coast, because we got that party sound that’s going to get me hyped. So like, J 305, who’s signed to OPM Dom Kennedy, a lot of YG, Future for sure, and Problem, because he always got something that gets you going.
You ever think back to a special memory and a song plays with it? Is there something like that for you when you think back to a special basketball memory?
Yeah, no doubt. When we won [the NBA Championship in 2006], a lot of stuff that's out now wasn’t out then, like Drake’s "Trophies." That’s a big song, especially when you win. Coaches like to put mixtapes together with all the highlights and sometimes they ask you what music should we play. "Trophies," Drake’s "Worst Behaviour," especially when we beat Houston; that was a big series for us. And like Drake said in the chorus, "They never loved us." They never gave us the opportunity, and when we won it came to mind.