The Los Angeles Lakers are on their way to lifting their 17th overall NBA Championship title. If they do this, the franchise will tie the record of the Boston Celtics who are standing tall with 17 wins, with their last success in 2008.
The organization that has so far won 16/71 has given rise to many legends. From Jerry West and Elgin Baylor to James Worthy and Kurt Rambis; the list is long. An iconic American rapper had quite a different set of names to add to his Lakers dream-team list.
Snoop Dogg has a comprehensive list of the top 5 Lakers ever
Recently, the 49-year-old established rapper gave an interview where he revealed his own dream-team for the Lakers. The list included certain obvious names, but the rankings Snoop gave them were interesting. The Drop It Like It’s Hot singer listed Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Shaquille O’Neal as his top players, in that order. The surprising part is that he didn’t really consider Lakers superstar LeBron James. This might be because Bron joined the Lakers only a couple of years ago.
.@SnoopDogg lists his Top 5 Lakers of All Time:
1. Magic Johnson
2. Kobe Bryant
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
4. Wilt Chamberlain
5. Shaquille O’Neal pic.twitter.com/ZQX01QBo65
— Club Shay Shay (@ClubShayShay) October 6, 2020
The rapper had his own rather amusing nicknames for some of the players. For instance, he called the Black Mamba Kobe ‘Jelly Bean’ Bryant. Snoop also gave his own reasons for considering Magic to be the best. He said, “He had the hardest road to get to the championships. I watched him win a national championship at Michigan state against Larry Bird. The next year, he came to the Lakers, Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] broke his ankle, that’s when Dr. J was the whole thing.”
Snoop also compared the rising Mavs star Luka Doncic to Magic and said, “At 20-years old [Luka] Doncic you’re good, but until you win a championship at 20 years old on the come out, you ain’t Magic.”
What is it with Snoop and basketball?
Snoop has lent his voice to the theme song of the NBA 2K game. Even after Kobe Bryant’s sad demise, the rapper went on to drop a tribute song that described the Mamba style through his flawless rapping.
Snoop is also an avid NBA fan and follows basketball very closely. He seems to have a love for sports in general and even owns a football league named Snoop Youth Football League. Netflix recently released a documentary on this decorated rapper called Coach Snoop, which describes his passion for driving a change in society using the soft but impactful power of sports.