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Warriors acknowledge popular fan theory about their title victories

Draymond Green on the court

May 24, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in game four of the 2022 Western Conference finals at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are throwing the Internet a bone after their latest NBA championship win.

Warriors star Draymond Green took some time this week to acknowledge a popular online theory about the team’s title victories. The theory, which had circulated during the earlier rounds of the playoffs, suggested that Golden State wins the championship in every year that rapper Kendrick Lamar releases a new album.

Lamar dropped “To Pimp A Butterfly” in 2015 followed by “Damn” in 2017, “Black Panther: The Album” in 2018, and his latest project “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” just last month. The Warriors went on to win the title in every single one of those years.

Green shouted out the theory in a tweet on Friday and requested that Lamar release another album in 2023.

Granted, there are a few holes in the theory. For one, it does not account for Lamar’s albums “Section.80” (which was released in 2011) and “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” (2012). For another, the theory includes “Black Panther: The Album,” a movie soundtrack that features other artists besides Lamar, but excludes Lamar’s 2016 solo compilation album “Untitled, Unmastered.”

Nevertheless, Green and the Warriors are happy to show love to Lamar for any role that he may have played in helping them win it all this year. In fact, Lamar is so popular in NBA circles that even Hall of Fame coaches dig him.

JJ Watt learned about brother TJ’s big game through text from Kendrick Lamar

JJ Watt

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker TJ Watt was phenomenal in the team’s preseason opener against the New York Giants on Friday, so much so that he even got the attention of Kung Fu Kenny himself.

Watt’s older brother, Houston Texans four-time All-Pro defensive end JJ Watt, told reporters a great story about how he learned of TJ’s big game through a text from rapper Kendrick Lamar.

The younger Watt absolutely exploded onto the scene against the Giants with two sacks in his first four defensive plays. As for the elder Watt, he has always been about the brotherly love when it comes to TJ, and getting that text from Lamar had to be a real “this what God feel like” moment for him.

Kendrick Lamar shows off receiving skills at Rams camp (Video)


Now that the Rams are in Los Angeles, there’s no telling who might show up at training camp. On Wednesday, it was Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q.

The California-based rappers dropped by the Rams’ camp in Irvine and made like Case Keenum and Tavon Austin. Kendrick Lamar played the role of receiver and showed off his skills at getting open. He also made a nice grab near the sideline.

Kendrick definitely shouldn’t trade the microphone for shoulder pads and a helmet, as the 29-year-old has carved out quite a career for himself, but the Grammy winning artist didn’t look too bad out there.

Training camps lend themselves to fun moments such as this one and there will surely be more in the coming weeks. An Andy Reid clone showed up at Chiefs camp on Monday.

Phil Jackson tells Kendrick Lamar to get dunk contest started

Phil JacksonNow that Phil Jackson has established a rapport with rapper Kendrick Lamar, he apparently feels comfortable tweeting at the entertainment star whenever he wants.

Jackson sent the following tweet to Lamar while the rapper was performing during Saturday night’s festivities at NBA All-Star Weekend:

The dunk contest — the main attraction for Saturday night’s festivities during All-Star Weekend — was delayed because of Lamar’s performance. Some people were growing impatient and wanted to watch the dunk contest immediately after the 3-point competition, but viewers were forced to wait for Lamar’s set to end. I guess that was Phil’s way of telling Lamar to get a move on it.

In case you forgot, Lamar and Phil have history going back to the summer when Kendrick mentioned Phil in a song and the coach responded.

Phil Jackson responds to Kendrick Lamar song lyric

Phil JacksonPhil Jackson responded to rapper Kendrick Lamar, who mentioned the former Los Angeles Lakers coach in a song lyric.

In the lyrics for “Control,” Lamar says, “If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin’ me/I’m uncoachable, I’m unsociable.”

“Uncoachable” is how Jackson described Kobe Bryant in his 2004 book “The Last Season” about coaching the Lakers. The Lakers were coming off a disappointing loss to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals, and Jackson decided to take a season off. He got along much better with Kobe after returning to coach the team a season later.

Anyway, after learning that he was mentioned in Lamar’s song, Jackson sent the following tweet to the rapper:

That’s right, Kendrick Lamar, you may think you’re cocky and uncoachable and unsociable, but Phil Jackson says everyone can use a mentor. That goes for you, too.

H/T Inside the Lakers