November 14, 2008, - 10:35 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Hoopsters LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony–NBA stars with, respectively, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets–both admit to having “Brian Manilow” songs on their IPods. The two pro basketball colleagues (I chuckle at using the word “colleague” with regard to NBA players) are apparently a little light in the Chuck Taylors:
Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, his longtime friend and U.S. Olympic teammate, admitted last year that he had Barry Manilow’s music on his iPod.
“I probably got a little of that,” James said. “I bet you I can find it on my iPod.”
“I bet you couldn’t,” a reporter said, challenging James, who then reached into a bag holding his personal player.
“Let’s see,” James said, scrolling through the menu. “Go ahead, ask a question. I’m going to look for it.”
A few moments later, no luck.
“Nope,” James said. “No Brian Manilow.”
As the room broke up in laughter, James corrected his error.
“Oh, Barry Manilow,” he said, smiling. “I was talking about his cousin.”
James then continued his search, and sure enough, he came up with some Barry Manilow tunes, showing “Copacabana,” “Mandy” and “I Am Your Child” on his varied playlist.
“Copacabana” is fine (the version below is part of my workout music), but “Mandy”? This would make these men more womanly than the men who comprise the WNBA. Hey, someone’s gotta play with the pink basketball.
Well, I guess Barry-M is better than Jay-Z and the other vile, violent, misogynist rappers that James and many other hoops stars listen to. Compared to them, “Copacabana” is opera, and “Mandy” is high-styled symphony.
No word on whether LeBron or Carmelo have purchased from the Barry Manilow jewelry line. A pinky ring might be appropriate. Incidentally, Manilow was a major Ron Paul contributor.
What songs put a guy under gay suspicion? For me, if a guy likes this song or anything by Stephen Georgiou a/k/a Cat Stevens a/k/a Yusuf Islam (especially the insufferable “Peace Train”), it’s a deal breaker. Not kidding.