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Winner's Inspiration: Washington Wizards Pre-Playoff Playlists

Hear from Bradley Beal, Kévin Seraphin, and Otto Porter

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Bradley Beal, 3

JANUARY 13: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards drives against the San Antonio Spurs on January 13, 2015 at Verizon Cen
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When your business is so directly made or broken by your attitude -regardless of what your business is- mindset is paramount. Basketball? Ad sales? Acting? No matter.

The Eastern Conference is officially underway, and while I'm not an avid follower of any professional sport, it still downright fascinates to scan the recent Spotify activity of anyone pulling down an average of $4,700,900 annually. Mind you, that's just the average... what would you turn up to on your $500,000 day at the office?  

I linked up with six NBA teams who are competing in the 2015 Playoffs to find out how select members keep their heads straight when the clock is running on a game that could make or break their careers, and their bank accounts.   

In this episode, hear from Bradley Beal, Kévin Seraphin, and Otto Porter of the Washington Wizards.

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The Roots "Here I Come"

The song that was once known for its inclusion in the hit film "Superbad" has outlived the film that made it famous. 

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Wiz Khalifa ft. Iggy Azalea "Go Hard Or Go Home"

Bradley! You were off to such a strong start. Going from The Roots to a collaboration between two of the mainstream's biggest disappointments in recent years... keep searching Soundcloud, my friend.

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Don Omar "How We Roll" (Fast Five Remix)

I don't play basketball, but Busta makes me feel like deep down even I have a sick jump shot.

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David Guetta ft. Sam Martin "Dangerous"

Never saw this one coming. David Guetta acting in a short film as a racer? Well, alright then. 

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Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, YG, Rich Homie Quan "Ride Out"

A who's who of CTE and the the pop rappers whose style seemingly undermine their grit. Is this the sonic embodiment of a Yin Yang?

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Kevin Séraphin, 13

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 22: Kevin Seraphin #13 of the Washington Wizards looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings
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Kanye West "Power"

I can just see Kevin's slo-mo victory grin crawling outward to his ears as he steps to the podium for acceptance of his Championship ring. The only audio: Ye's "Power," with a slight overdub of the crowd hissing.

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Two Steps From Hell "Heart Of Courage"

Now this is truly a deep cut. I mean, not in the way that it was pulled from the back of the Death Row Records' vault or anything, but like who listens to soundtracks? Respect to Kevin getting his cinema on.

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J. Cole "Rise And Shine"

Eastern Conference, Day 1...

7:40am: *Hits Play*

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Trip Lee "Lights On"

Trip Lee's vibe is one that endures. It might not light the fire under me that would propel me straight to the hoop, but his music exudes a kind of perseverance that would carry me through after a loss or a fumble. I got your number, Kev.

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Calvin Harris "Blame"

Hopefully Kevin won't have to incorporate Newman's lyrics into any post-loss defense diatribes before the Playoffs end.

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Otto Porter, 22

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 30: Otto Porter Jr. #22 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on Dece
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Kendrick Lamar "M.A.A.D. City"

I was honestly expecting "Black Boy Fly," but this really is the best track on K-Dot's major label debut.

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Dej Loaf "We Be On It"

I gotta be honest, it sounds exactly like "Try Me." Love to see her doing her thing, but I don't think I can bank a win on this track.

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Calvin Harris "C.U.B.A."

Balling to this has to feel like a live Nike commercial.

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Calvin Harris ft. Elle Goulding "Outside"

More Ellie, less Calvin.

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