ESPN Music: Kobe Bryant

What if athletes picked the halftime show?

January, 24, 2014
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When the buzzer sounds for halftime, the players head down the tunnel for strategy adjustments, motivational speaking and orange slices. They usually don't get to stay behind and listen to the band on the field or on the court.

What if the athletes were given the chance to book the halftime entertainment?

In this photo gallery from The Music Issue of ESPN The Magazine, we let the athletes choose -- and gave them the chance to interact with the artists.

In these video clips, you'll learn why Kobe Bryant respects Nicki Minaj, why hip-hop has always been a part of his basketball career and whether he has any plans to record another rap album. You'll hear Hope Solo tell singer-songwriter Skylar Grey about her very short career as a harmonica player. You'll see Yonder Alonso of the San Diego Padres and Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles talk about how much they enjoyed hanging out with rap artist Yandel and how hip-hop is a part of baseball clubhouse atmosphere.

The Music Issue of ESPN The Magazine hits newsstands on Feb. 3.

The 5 worst athlete songs of all time

February, 7, 2013
Manny PacquiaoDavid Livingston/Getty ImagesWhen we saw Manny Pacquiao sing on "Jimmy Kimmel," we thought he was joking. He wasn't.
Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

The following list proves this very point. Sure, most athletes have the money to finance the recording and production of an album -- but that definitely doesn’t make it a good idea.

While there are (sadly) hundreds of options for the worst-ever songs performed by athletes, we were somehow able to whittle down the list to five records -- records that we hope are one day broken, literally.

Here, then, are the worst of the worst.

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Ice Cube joins 'First Take' to talk Lakers

July, 25, 2012
Ice Cube joins "First Take" to talk about the Lakers, the team's addition of Steve Nash, why they should keep Andrew Bynum rather than trading for Dwight Howard, and why he's not worried about the Clippers.


Kobe Bryant gets the Gotye treatment

May, 24, 2012
Kobe Bryant gets a heartfelt message from a dispirited Lakers fan in the form of a cover of a Gotye hit, singing about "The Kobe That We Used To Know."