There are many different ways to get ready for a basketball game. Some guys like loud music, some guys like silence. Some guys read “The Hunger Games,” some guys read “Who Moved My Cheese?” (Sometimes, this is the same guy.) Some guys drink six cups of coffee and some guys eat pizza.
Basically, if you can think of it, someone has probably tried it before a game. And that includes playing Angry Birds. From Dime Magazine:
Dime: What kind of stuff do you do pregame? Music, rituals, etc.
KM: Music-wise, I listen to a lot of Wale pregame. He gets me hyped. The Eleven One Eleven Theory, mixtapes. And last year in college I played Angry Birds before every game. Right now I’m really feeling Bejeweled.
Dime: How good at Angry Birds are you?
KM: You know it was frustrating. I could get three stars on almost every level, but literally for like two months, there were two parts of the game where I couldn’t get three stars, so I really just stopped playing because it was too frustrating.
Dime: How long would you play Angry Birds before games?
KM: Anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Dime: How did Roy Williams feel about you sitting there playing Angry Birds for an hour?
KM: Well everybody pretty much did their own thing. I got my headphones on in my phone. He might think I’m reading inspirational quotes, and stuff, but everybody had their own way to get ready for the game and get to work.
Listening to Wale and his rapid fire sports references before a game I can totally understand. I’m pretty sure I even had “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.” on a pregame playlist at some point. I’m not exactly down with current Wale since he pretty much just yells over the beat in every song, but I get it. Sure.
The Angry Birds thing though, that is funny, especially since Kendall “Two Last Names” Marshall went to the trouble of putting in headphones and keeping things hidden from his college coach, like he was ashamed that he’s playing a silly iPhone game for an hour before hooping. Sure, it’s still Top 25 in the App Store after like a thousand internet years and there are probably a bunch of players Birdsing it in the locker room, but still. This is a grown man dominating a cell phone game for a pretty long time, all the while the sound of squealing pigs rings through his ears. Like Marshall says, everyone has their own way of getting ready for a game, but sneakily tossing various birds at wooden structures is a pretty funny one.
But now he’s on to Bejeweled, which I guess is a form of chasing jewelry. It’s all about the ring in the NBA, especially if you can stack a few in a row and make them explode.