What else will Lil B “Cook” up against the NBA’s Finest? // Photo courtesy of imgur.com

What else will Lil B “Cook” up against the NBA’s Finest? // Photo courtesy of imgur.com

By Gabe Wanissian, Editor in Chief

The world of sports being plagued by a supernatural hex is nothing new, but perhaps nothing has been more bizarre than “The BasedGod’s Curse.” You see, the 86 year long “Curse of the Bambino” or the injury inflicting NFL Madden cover curse did not include a 26-year-old rapper with gold teeth. Lil B “the BasedGod” is his name, and the Bay area rapper has had a bone to pick with NBA stars Kevin Durant and, most recently, James Harden.
While it has toed the line between satire and real-life, its repercussions leading to Harden and the Houston Rockets losing the 2015 NBA finals led to the Basedgod making a rare appearance on ESPN Sportsnation. The Curse is here, and until Durant or Harden wins a championship, it will grow faster than a rumor inside of an all girls school classroom.
But before we divulge any further into the phenomenon, we must look behind the curtain. Lil B, real life name Brandon McCartney, first tasted mainstream success as a member of The Pack, the Berkeley one-hit wonders behind the 2006 “Vans.” 1.3 million twitter followers later, he has currently built a self made empire through social media, as well as creating a persona called “the BasedGod” that seemingly has supernatural powers.
Well friends, while I fancy myself as a logical fellow, I simply cannot deny the power of the BasedGod, and neither should you.
“I tried to listen to Lil B, Couldn’t do it. Can’t believe he’s relevant,” tweeted Durant back in 2012. His fate was sealed since then, as Lil B responded by saying “Kevin Durant will never win a title after he called Lil B a wack rapper. The BasedGod has cursed Durant.”
What was the result of this foolish move you ask? Simple: Years of disappointing playoff performances, and an injury-ridden 2014-15 season, after Lil B released “F*** KD” a diss song.
You would think that anyone with a sane conscious would steer clear of the wrath that is the BasedGod, but Houston Rocket James Harden ended up making the foolish decision to defy the myth himself. For years, Harden has used the cooking dance celebration.
The problem is that Lil B has been known to invent “cooking” as a metaphor for doing something with proficiency back in 2010. Lil B pleaded to Harden over social media to give him credit, until Harden denied even knowing about the BasedGod in a 2015 TMZ interview.
Harden, you should know better than that. What has transpired since then has been stuff of legend, as Harden played some of the worst basketball in NBA Finals history. Harden ended up making two of his 11 shots, and allowing 13 turnovers – an NBA Finals record – in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors, Lil B’s hometown team.
And here we are in the 2015-16 season, Harden is having his worst season since his rookie campaign, the Rockets are playing under .500, Head Coach Kevin Mchale has been fired., and Lil Bs hometeam holds an undefeated 22-0 record at the time of this writing.
If there was any doubt that the Basedgod had a hand in this, he mischievously stated “The Basedgods curse is real. The Rockets coach was punished for signing off on the Harden bobble heads,” on Twitter. On behalf of the entire Rockets organization, its fans and for all humankind, Do the right thing Harden. Acknowledge the Curse and pay homage to the BasedGod; your career may depend on it.