808s and Fast Breaks: A 2014-15 NBA season preview starring the Grizzlies

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Two of my favorite things in the world are the NBA and Kanye West. So why not combine the two? I present to you 808s & Fast Breaks: A 2014-15 NBA season preview (starring the Grizzlies)

*Note: I’m sorry if some songs are used multiple times and if your favorite track (I hear you Touch the Sky fans) wasn’t used.

Let’s start with some Grizzlies-related lyrics, followed by the song title, album title and explanation:

"They don’t make ‘em like this anymore"- Stronger/Graduation

You could give this lyric to the entire Grizzlies’ roster. A team that is built around two post anchors, a pass-first point guard and a defensive stopper/madman sounds like the perfect recipe for a team…if this were 1995. Only the #GritNGrind Grizzlies could pull this off. Watching Z-Bo and Gasol make sweet music in the paint is the best. The Grizz aren’t afraid of sticking to their guns, even when everyone else is going small and focusing on offense. We don’t bluff, indeed.

"I was sick about awards couldn’t nobody cure me. Only playa that got robbed and kept all his jewelry"- Diamonds from Sierra Leone/Late Registration

Now, we know Mike Conley would never complain about not making an all-star team or the All-NBA squad or even an All-Defensive first team, but that’s what we’re for right?

"Cause we’re the almost nearly extinct"- Jesus Walks/The College Dropout

Tayshaun and Vince aren’t done yet, folks.

"Unbreakable, what you thought they’d call me Mr. Glass?" - Through the Wire/The College Dropout

Tony Allen is Unbreakable. Kevin Durant is Mr. Glass.

Now for some other lyrics relevant to this season’s hunt for the title:

"They pray for the death of our dynasty like amen"- Diamonds from Sierra Leone/Late Registration

And it happened! Will Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat recover?

"To whom is given, much is tested"- Can’t Tell Me Nothing/Graduation

LeBron/Cleveland 2.0 but this time with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving instead of Mo Williams and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

"It’s not funny anymore, try a different joke"- Gorgeous/My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Chris Bosh is tired of your memes, Internet.

"After debris settles and the dust gets swept off, Big K pick up where Young Hov left off"- Diamonds from Sierra Leone/Late Registration

In this scenario, Hov is Tim Duncan of the basketball operating system known as the San Antonio Spurs. We all know how Duncan and the Spurs recovered from the most crushing defeat in NBA history to exact all kinds of Boris Diaw related revenge on the Heat the last year (the debris settling, etc). Since Duncan and crew are supposedly on their way out (we’ve been saying this since 2010, at least) Big K is the basketball-playing cyborg known as Killa’ Kawhi Leonard, ready to lead the Spurs into another 15 year reign of dominance. His name even starts with K. Yeezus foretold the prophecy. Shout out to Greg Popovich, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

"And I’m back to tear it up, haters start your engines I hear ‘em gearing up. People talk so much sh-t about me at barbershops, they forget to get they hair cut"- Everything I am/Graduation


"Too many Urkels on your team that’s why your Winslow"- Dark Fantasy/My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

The Los Angeles Clippers, ladies and gentlemen.

"You see how I played a big role in Chicago like Queen Latifah"- Everything I Am/Graduation

Another dip into the goldmine that is "Everything I Am" because, like Kanye and Queen Latifah before him, Chi-town needs Derrick Rose back and healthy. I can’t wait for Rose, Noah, Thibs, Pau, Hinrich and the Buckets Brothers (Jimmy and Doug) to give the Cavs everything they got.

"Maybe we could still make it to the church steps"- Bound 2/Yeezus

Will Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks ever make it the church steps?

"Y’all gon sit down and have a good time this reunion and drink some wine like communion"-Family Business/The College Dropout

You know what happened last time Dirk and Tyson teamed up.

"Keys in his hand, reason again to let you know that he’s the man"- Drive Slow/Late Registration

James Harden proved himself to be a star player when Daryl Morey handed him the keys to the Rockets. Now, let’s see if he and Dwight Howard can advance to the second round this year.

"If he can move through the rumors, he can drive off of fumes"- Can’t Tell Me Nothing/Graduation

I hope the Warriors team chemistry isn’t derailed because of the Klay Thompson/Kevin Love trade rumors that swirled about throughout the early parts of the offseason. Klay, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut make for a well-balanced starting lineup. The addition of Love may have thrown things off…or it could have been the perfect fit.

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