LeBron James Selects Soundtrack for 'NBA 2K14' Video Game

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJuly 29, 2013

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So this is why LeBron James needed to have a DJ in his hotel room.

According the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), the Miami Heat superstar became the first NBA 2K cover athlete to choose songs for the video game's soundtrack:

James said in a statement that he is honored to be the first cover athlete to choose songs for the soundtrack. He follows his friend and Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z, who was the executive producer of the last year's installment that sold more than 4.5 million copies.

"2K is letting me take control of some important elements in NBA 2K14, including this year's soundtrack," James said. "I love that I'm the first NBA 2K cover athlete to choose the soundtrack."

This explains a lot.

Here we were thinking that James' around-the-clock DJ was just meant to elevate his off-court baller status. Turns out he may have just been doing some research.

You've got to appreciate a man who's always working. Jay-Z is a tough act to follow, after all. James cannot compile a playlist consisting of some mediocre tunes. He has to go all out.

Think Spice Girls. Or Justin "What's it like to be humble?" Bieber. Or the theme song to Baywatch. Nothing says "ball so hard" like a take-control arrangement made up of morale-boosting ballads such as those.

I'm kidding—obviously.

Per the AP, songs featured on the soundtrack include hits such as Drake's "Started From The Bottom," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell Williams and Macklemore, and Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight." 

Absence of 'N Sync aside, those jams have James' name written all over them (right?). I could totally see him rocking out to some Collins on his iPod during practice, almost as much as I could see Kobe Bryant listening to "Shots," before every game.


In related news, The Chosen One reached another 2K milestone that didn't include succeeding Jay-Z but rather Michael Jordan himself.

James is the first solo cover athlete to appear on the game since His Airness did so two years ago, via the AP.

Trying to outdo Jay-Z and Jordan in the same edition of the game is no easy task. One's a music industry mogul and the other is considered the greatest basketball player ever.

May his musical preferences then bring joy to the video-game community, and his cover pose (or snapshot) be so sexy it hurts.

You can listen to the soundtrack on Spotify (via Sporting News):