Draymond Green Acknowledges Why Kendrick Lamar’s Albums Are Crucial for the Warriors Championship Run

Published 06/19/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MARCH 23: Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors basketball team serves as HotelTonight “HT Pro” concierge at HotelTonight headquarters on March 23, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for HotelTonight )

The Golden State Warriors clinched their 4th championship in 8 seasons as they defeated the Boston Celtics in 6 games. It was Stephen Curry who spearheaded the Warriors, aided by some unsung heroes who performed flawlessly alongside the MVP’s heroics. The Hall of Fame triumvirate of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green cemented their individual and team legacies.

While it takes a collective effort for any team to get their hands on the ultimate silverware, Draymond feels the Warriors’ dynasty has something to do with rapper Kendrick Lamar.


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The Compton native has been around for a while and has garnered a massive fan base owing to his captivating flow. Now how does Kendrick Lamar fit into this picture? Interestingly, many feel he’s been the Golden State Warriors‘ winning recipe.

The team has captured the NBA championship each of the last four times he’s dropped an album. It’s not the most appealing winning formula, yet it has strangely yielded results for the franchise.

The timeline of this strange pattern that has Draymond Green longing for another album

In 2015, the Warriors won their first title of the decade. In March of that year, Kendrick Lamar released “To Pimp A Butterfly.” They triumphed again in 2017, the year Lamar dropped “DAMN.” As one might expect, the good luck charm continued in 2018 with the Warriors repeating and Lamar releasing “Black Panther: The Album.”

Like the Warriors, Kendrick Lamar was also on a break from captivating his fans for the 2 years that followed. Neither the Warriors lifted the NBA title nor did the rapper release any album.


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This year, however, the good luck charm demonstrated unmistakable signs of life. The hiatus for them and the suffering for their fan bases stopped when Lamar released “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers,” while the Dubs clinched the NBA title.


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With Lamar’s most recent album, and the Warriors returning to their winning ways, fans and Draymond Green hope this lucky charm remains effective for years to follow. The franchise and its fan base will be vying for a repeat. Hence many would be hoping Lamar releases another album in 2o23.

However, given that Lamar took such a long break before dropping “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers,” fans might have to wait a few years before he drops another album.

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Moreover, the Warriors can expect a tough season next season. The Western Conference is stacked with teams that, at full strength, can challenge the Warriors for the ultimate crown. It’s Stephen Curry and the Warriors though, who will have the momentum going into the next season. Their talented roster, which includes a solid blend of seasoned veterans and promising young talent, will be brimming with confidence.

How will the Warriors’ upcoming season play out? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.



Ritvik Malhotra

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Ritvik is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, Ritvik has finally got his foot in the door as a professional sports writer. He previously interned at another media house where he authored over 150 soccer articles, but he is now writing about his primary obsession, basketball.