Imagine Dragons Talks LeBron James, Chicago Cubs World Series
"I'm a big NBA fan," said drummer Daniel Platzman when asked which athlete they'd most want to bestow with an anthem from the band's catalog. "I'm a really big fan of Steph Curry, he plays for the Golden State Warriors. He's like a video game, watching him play. He basically weaves through traffic, throws [the ball] up and somehow hits [the shot]. I think 'Underdog' would be a cool theme for Steph Curry and the Warriors," he said of the synth-heavy album track found deep on Imagine Dragons' breakout 2012 full-length, Night Visions. "All right, I can go with that. I like Curry," added frontman Dan Reynolds. "Approved."
Reynolds went on to talk about last year's revelation that NBA champion LeBron James of the Miami Heat would listen to Imagine Dragons' smash hit, "Radioactive," to set the game before hitting the court to play last season.
"That was really cool," Reynolds said, "I was a big fan of LeBron, I still am a fan of LeBron. I watched his documentary when I was in high school with my buddies. He's not that much older than me. He's like maybe a couple of years older than me. To follow somebody and watch their career blossom and then see that they're listening to your music is cool."
The group recalled when they were tapped to throw out the first pitch at Chicago's storied Wrigley Field, where the hometown Cubs play.
"I would love them to win [the World Series]" said guitarist Wayne Sermon about the Cubs, who haven't tasted Major League Baseball's ultimate prize since 1908. "I mean, poor Cubs."
The group narrowly averted disaster with that first pitch (hurled by Reynolds), which is the endless ribbing any celebrity receives when their toss doesn't make it all the way to home plate. Read what he said about that.
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