NBA’s Game Plan Is Straight Outta Compton

It wasn’t just the numerous Campbell’s Chunky Soup commercials featuring NFL champion, All-Pro, and Stanford graduate Richard Sherman. You have to also credit the return of Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks, restoring their title hopes.

He may have only been dressed in civvies, but Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard was very much a part of the conversation regarding the San Antonio Spurs after reports that he wants a maximum contract. After playing noteworthy defense against LeBron James on his way to winning a championship and getting a personal design logo for his Jordan brand shoes, Leonard has the leverage to demand to be paid as a star.

Just in time for F. Gary Gray’s upcoming biographic on the trendsetting rap group N.W.A., the City of Compton is experiencing a renaissance through its native sons.

James Harden of Compton returned to Los Angeles ranked as the top shooting guard in the NBA to play against Kobe Bryant and in his triumphant return to the Staples Center. Harden’s response? 32 points on 17 shots and 15 made free-throws, a game high in front of the dozens of family and friends in attendance.

And who did the NBA call to provide the OFFICIAL anthem of the 2014-2015 season? Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar and his track “i.”

From Arron Afflalo of the Denver Nuggets to the Toronto Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan, Compton’s boys from the hood have collectively led the mainstream back to the C.P.T.

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