NBA stars' guide to pop culture
To celebrate the NBA season tip-off on Oct. 30, we asked four of the league's best ballers for their own personal Must Lists. Here's what they're loving right now in movies, music, TV, books, videogames, tech, and style.
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Taylor Swift That’s some nice chill music. That’s definitely for off the court, when I’m trying to unwind.
Classic Sitcoms I watch a lot of old comedy shows: Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Jamie Foxx Show. Martin is still really, really funny. It never gets old.
Stylist Specs I buy so many. [My glasses stockpile] is getting pretty big — almost as big as my shoe collection. I like Marc Jacobs and Warby Parker.
NBA 2K13 I always play as myself. You got to. If I don’t play well, I don’t blame the game. That’s always on me.
Taken 2 I thought it was as good as the first movie. Everybody was saying that it was kind of the same thing [as the original], but it had its own little twists. That’s what made it good.
Deron Williams Brooklyn Nets
Jay-Z I’m a big fan, so anything by him gets me fired up. [Jay-Z is also a part owner of the Nets.] Some favorites are ”Encore,” ”PSA,” and ”Brooklyn Go Hard.”
Cable Shows My three favorite shows right now are Sons of Anarchy, Suits, and Boardwalk Empire.
NBA Baller Beats It’s the best game on the market. [And he’s not just saying that because he’s on the cover…]
iPad Traveling as much as I do, it’s good to have music, movies, and family pictures in one place.
48 Laws of Power, By Robert Green I just read [this book about the history of power]. Got some good pointers!
Tyson Chandler New York Knicks
Old-School Hip-Hop I like a lot of the ’90s stuff, like De La Soul, Daz Dillinger, and Warren G.
Game of Thrones I’m waiting for Game of Thrones to come back. That’s my show!
Movies (Lots of Them!) I just saw Taken 2. I thought that the first one was more impressive. That cop movie End of Watch? Loved it. And before that, I saw Lawless, the old-time movie.
Inspiring Photographs [Chandler is a photographer, so he’s always scouting out others’ work.] Ari Marcopoulos and Albert Watson — those are a couple of my favorites.
Madden NFL 13 I’m the 49ers. [Laughs] No offense, Giants!
Paul Pierce Boston Celtics
”Let’s Go,” Trick Daddy (Feat. Lil Jon & Twista) It combines a classic song by Ozzy Osbourne with a new hip-hop sound. Gets me hyped.
13 I watched [the 2010 movie starring Jason Statham and 50 Cent] for the first time the other day on TV at home. It was pretty sick!
”Clique,” Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean It’s in heavy rotation on my iPod right now.
”No Lie,” 2 Chainz (Feat. Drake) 2 Chainz is one of my favorite rappers right now — he keeps it fun and light.
Homeland Claire Danes is amazing. And I like that you never know what is going to happen next.