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This was so much better than your first attempt at Gordon Hayward poetry, as you stay close enough to the original poem to get a feel for the meter and rhyming patterns.

All you needed to do was get rid of the “Utah” and just talk about Gordon from the Jazz perspective.

For example:

Exult O Celts, and ring O bells!
The Jazz with mournful tread,
Walk the court with playoff dreams,
Fallen cold and dead.

I find it much easier to do with popular songs:

This was my response to the July 2015 Laker signing of Roy Hibbert (little knowing the disaster of the Mozgov-Deng contracts the following year would make this deal look pretty sweet):

Once upon a time, not so long ago…

Magic used to handle the rock
Worthy alley oops…
The sky hook no one could stop, 
it always dropped…

Kobe fed the Big Dog all day, 
Phil was the man.
The season would start in May, 
June parades…

We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got,
It really makes a difference if we stink or not,
Sixteen banners and that’s a lot…
with luck…

A LOT-TER-Y SHOT!

Woooo-oooh, with Hibbert there,
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer…
Kobe’s bones won’t make it I swear…
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer!

Jimmy’s got the franchise in shock
Mitch promised rings but everyone knows it’s talk…
Just a crock

Jeanie dreams of running away,
She cries in the night, 
But Phil’s in New York to stay…
Not okay

We’ve got to hold on to what we had,
Our only hope this season is to tank real bad,
We’ve got the next draft to make us glad…
with luck…

KE-VIN DUR-ANT!

Woooo-oooh, with Hibbert there,
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer…
Shoot long twos, the coach don’t care…
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer!

Lakers on a prayer…

[Instrumental]

We’ve got to hold our nose, don’t smell the rot…

EX-PIR-ING CONTRACTS ARE ALL WE’VE GOT!

[Key change!]

Woooo-oooh, with Hibbert there,
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer…
Nick Young bricks, “I’ll make it” he swears
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer!

Woooo-oooh, with Hibbert there,
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer…
Byron Scott can’t lose more hair…
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer!

Woooo-oooh, with Hibbert there,
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer…
Take long walks, get more fresh air…
Woooo-oooh, Lakers on a prayer!

[Repeat and fade… just like the Lakers’ short term future]

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