Hip-hop and rap music are popular choices for NBA players
A lot of the same artists cropped up, such as Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, N.W.A and 2 Pac. Justin Timberlake and Rihanna also made frequent appearances, as did 50 Cent and Lil Wayne.
A different theme is used to encourage the home team in defense of their own side of the court. Many NBA teams now play a particular theme to accompany the home team taking the court to begin the game. They also use chant such as the defence chant to show support and pump up the crowd.
When I leave the weight room, I have to calm down. That’s when I listen to more old-school stuff, like jazz, and a lot of Beethoven and stuff like that too, classical music. Then about 45 minutes or an hour before the game starts, I get back into it with some hip-hop.
Research showed that listening to both slow and fast rhythm music increased heart rate significantly and improved performance among elite basketball players, but not significantly.
Simply, because it makes NBA games more fun to watch. There are times during a basketball game when the arena DJ feels that the crowd is zoning out or is getting bored because the style of play has slowed, so they decide to try and bring back the energy in the fans.
The NBA features a ton of music as well. It’s the one sport of the “Big Four” leagues that plays music during in-game action. That means there are quite a few songs that have gotten a lot of air time over the years.
At 24, Kevin Durant is one of the league’s younger superstars, so it’s refreshing to see a song on his playlist—Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’"—that’s nearly a decade older than he is.