The NBA season starts tonight. For the casual observer, it’s not big news. Here is a little secret though: the NBA is currently blessed with an insane amount of talent. The NBA finals between the Spurs and Heat was easily the best final in all of professional sports in recent memory. It’s a good time to get aboard. For Canadians, it’s even better, as we not only have 2013’s 1st overall pick (Anthony Bennett), we will also have 2014’s 1st overall pick (Andrew Wiggins).
Now as a music blog, the demographic for NBA fan and indie music probably doesn’t cross over too much. Perhaps it should. If you are an indie music fan and want to start to get your basketball, here is a good guide to some teams.
Miami Heat = Arcade Fire
The Miami Heat are the current champions of the world. In fact, they have won twice in a row. Odds are they are probably going to win a third in a row. They are exceptionally good, super famous and have celebrity friends. Still, there are detractors. One of the Heat’s best players, Dwyane Wade (that’s how he spells it) is getting older and his hard nose style of play has resulted in injuries and he might be slowing down, although his ego may not allow it. For all their stardom, they were within 5 seconds of losing to a team with the average age of 43. Are they still the best? Only time will tell.
Similarly, the Arcade Fire are the reigning champions of the world. The Suburbs won every award available and was genuinely beloved. They are also exceptionally good, super famous and as their recent post SNL film suggested, they have celebrity friends. Still, their new record – Reflektor has it’s share of detractors. Regardless of how people treat the album, it is bound to be at the top of every music conversation for the time being, just like the Heat.
Minnesota Timberwolves = CHVRCHES
CHVRCHES is this year’s new and upcoming act that are cute as a button, thanks to lead singer Lauren Mayberry. They are fun to listen to and not something you take very seriously. Minnesota Timberwolves are also young and up and coming thanks to their happy go lucky point guard, Ricky Rubio who loves to throw behind the back or thru the leg passes.
Also, they aren’t a team you take very seriously, despite housing two franchise level talents in Rubio and Kevin Love (whose uncle is Mike Love).
Golden State Warriors = HAIM
It’s only appropriate that the hottest band going today, HAIM is from the Golden State. The three sisters are on a virtually unstoppable path to super stardom and fame, gaining fans along the way like that ball in the classic PS2 game Katamari Damacy. Their recent debut album, Days are Gone evokes days of yesteryear and has been critically acclaimed. The Golden State Warriors are arguably the hottest thing today after their sizzling playoff performance led by the sharp shooting Stephen Curry. Through in other sexy young talents like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes and you can see why everyone is jumping on their band wagon. Like Haim, they also have throw back elements, which are mostly shown on their jerseys. However, this year they adopted to go with these weird t-shirt jerseys.
San Antonio Spurs = Travis
Not new,nor exciting to a rabid young demography, both Travis and the San Antonio Spurs are good and have been around for awhile. Manu Ginobli might have been singing “Why Does it Always Rain on Me?” after his game six and seven performance in last years NBA finals. Still, much like Travis’s most recent album Where You Stand, you have to applaud their consistently good output.
New York Knicks = MGMT
Much like how music fans are not quite sure what is going on with MGMT since the initial excitement about them, New York Knick fans are completely mystified at what will be going this season. Is Carmelo leaving? How long before the fans turn on Andrea Bargnani? How many more tattoo’s will JR Smith get? Will A’mare play 5 or 15 minutes? A complete mystery to everyone involved.
Houston Rockets = Miley Cyris
This one is more so about the Rocket’s newest and biggest acquisition- Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard was once a darling, smiling all the time while swatting away shots and bricking free throws all in the comforts of Orlando. It was all fun and games, much like Miley when she was just Hannah Montana. It all seemed so… innocent. As both these talents grew up, things changed. Dwight didn’t seem so happy anymore and wanted the bright lights and more control over his career. It resulted in a disastrous move to LA and now a chance to redeem himself in Houston. Along the way, many fans were lost. Miley grew up, dropped the Hannah Montana moniker and wanted more control over her career as well. While her move has been the opposite of disastrous (from a monetary point of view), she has probably lost a lot of fans along the way. Despite their rough journeys, each of them appear to have a bright future ahead of them.
Toronto Raptors = Drake?
They are both from Toronto.. Drake is the global ambassador of the Raptors. One is mega successful while the other is a perpetual failure so I don’t know how many more items I can find in common. Drake “started from the bottom”. The Raptors did too, only they have stayed there. It is probably more accurate to compare the Raptors to Little Jimmy, because they seem to be at a disadvantage wherever they are.
Milwaukee Bucks = Foster the People
Good for a very short period of time. The Bucks had their “Fear the Deer” slogan, Foster the People had “Pumped Up Kicks”.
I could go on and on (I can’t) but basically, the NBA season is here, I am excited and I think you should be too.