The Los Angeles Lakers are, by any objective measure, a terrible team, not-so-proud owners of the second worst record in the NBA. But they've gotten the New Year off to a positive start. Following a four-game losing streak at the end of December, they've won three in a row, notching victories over a real basketball team (the Celtics) and two squads (the 76ers and Suns) currently competing in the consolation bracket of a YMCA tournament.
In fact, the Lakers are a gaudy 2-0 in 2016, and while that run will almost certainly come to an end on Tuesday when they play the Warriors, it's been a brief respite from a season that's shaping up to be the worst in franchise history. And it turns out, they owe it all to their secret weapon.
It's not Kobe Bryant or D'Angelo Russell, it's Kanye West – more specifically, his new Nike diss track, "Facts," which has become their locker room anthem because, well, Nick Young said so.
Nick Young credits Lakers going 2-0 partly to Kanye West shouting him out on "Facts." Young: "That's our anthem before the game."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) January 4, 2016
Sure, the shout-out helped – "Now we hottest in the streets, it ain't no discussion/James Harden, Swaggy P runnin' up the budget" – but Young has been a Kanye fan for a long time. For proof, look no further than the Lakers' guard rocking Yeezys in actual NBA games and his desire to be Kanye's vice president when he runs for office in 2020.