Man, these back-to-back west coast games make these previews feel rushed. LA's music is way too big to just jump into for a few hours, so let's leave that for a Lakers game with a day or two off prior. For now, let's take our tour of the USA's tuneful towns to Buffalo, NY, the original home of the Clippers franchise.
The Braves were a 1970 expansion team that lasted until 1978 before relocating to San Diego and having the decency to at least take on a new name, the Clippers. The owner of the Celtics was a Californian who knew he couldn't get the owners to approve a move from Boston, so he traded his team for the Braves and moved them instead. The deal was brokered by NBA general counsel David Stern.
The best player for the Braves? Bob McAdoo, who in 1973-74 was the last player to average 30 points and 15 rebounds in a season. KLove, you have your work cut out for you.
Lets get to the music. Not a lot in Buffalo that grabs me, but there is one guy whose records I bought back in the day: Rick James. Here is a clip from long before his Superfreak days, back when he fled the draft during the Vietnam War and started a band in Toronto. His lead guitarist? A dude named Neil Young. Who knew Neil+Rick = Keith+Mick?
Rick James grew up in Buffalo. He later spent time in Folsom Prison (which came up in the musical preview for Sacramento today) and died in LA, where the Braves eventually ended up playing in the Staples Center and where the Timberwolves hope to end their road trip with a second consecutive win.
For the Minnesota side of the equation, here is a #12 single from around the same time frame as the song above. The Castaways were a Twin Cities band and recorded this in the same studio where Dave Dudley recorded "Six Days on the Road."