k.d. lang Is Not a Fan of "Boring" NBA Superteams
"Even I am considering a trade to Brooklyn at this point"
Published Apr 13, 2021When not compiling recently announced remix collection makeover, k.d. lang has been watching the Portland Trail Blazers march towards the NBA playoffs. While her team currently sits only one place below the loaded Los Angeles Lakers in the standings at this time, the Canadian is adamant that she could never cheer for a superteam.
Today, the artist discussed her Trail Blazers fandom in an appearance on The Rex Chapman Show, which included singing the praises of Portland's top flight point guard Damian Lillard (a.k.a Dame D.O.L.L.A.).
In particular, it's Lillard's loyalty to the Trail Blazers that has deepened lang's fandom — something of a contrast to the way LeBron James and Anthony Davis teamed up for the Lakers, while stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden have formed a terrifying trio for the Brooklyn Nets, who have only further padded out their star-studded roster with recent additions of LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin.
"Even I am considering a trade to Brooklyn at this point," lang joked with Chapman. "I mean, who isn't going to Brooklyn at this point, right? So boring! I hate team stacking. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it."
lang shared that her dislike of superteams stems from seeing franchises in smaller markets unable to compete with richer organizations who can load up their rosters to such a degree.
"I don't like it! I guess it's a part of it, but you know, it's just hard on cities like Portland. People just don't want to live in Portland for some reason, it's an amazing city," she said of the Blazers. "But you know, the smaller cities, they pay the price. Even in the All-Star voting, all of it. I wish there was a way to level the playing field, but that's the nature of our society, isn't it?"
Of Lillard, she shared, "Well, he's a musician, and...I don't know, there's something ethereal and spiritual about him, and also altruistic. He's out there in the BLM movement, out there protesting on the street with the people, and it's not for show. It's for real. And just his work ethic, and his ability to rise to the occasion. That shows me that it's coming from the deeper well."
Lang, who played the centre position for her high school basketball team, is hoping the Blazers can make the NBA Finals "in the next couple of years."
Lang shared that while she's been watching hoops for "a million years," she became a Blazers fan upon moving from Los Angeles to Portland in 2012, the same year Lillard was drafted sixth overall by the team.
You can watch her entire interview below.
Last year, lang appeared on the Killers' Imploding the Mirage.