NBA and Rock and Roll: Comparing Every NBA Team to a Famous Rock Band

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NBA and Rock and Roll: Comparing Every NBA Team to a Famous Rock Band
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Music and sports have always gone together.

Just think of the theme songs to the NBA on NBC, ESPN SportsCenter, or the lead-in song to the Olympic broadcasts.

High school and college teams usually have a full band at games, and each school has a fight song.

Some professional teams have bands too, and music is played before and after the game, and during just about every time out.

Imagine attending a sporting event with no music. It just would not be the same.

Rock and roll music plays a big role in the NBA. Every arena in the league has played rock songs for many years to enhance the experience and fire up the fans.

One can almost always hear songs like "Eye of the Tiger," "Welcome to the Jungle," or "Thunderkiss '65" to get the fans and players pumped up for the big game. Usually they are fast-paced songs that everybody knows.

Due to the connection to the NBA and music, the following slides will compare each NBA team to a famous rock band.

I am sure that this list could be made of every genre of music, and that there are thousands of other bands that may be a good fit. Great bands were left off the list, and there is no way I am going to please everyone.

I do welcome a respectful discussion. If you have a suggestion, or can think of another way that a band or a song fits, please let me know. 


Chris Johstoneaux is a featured columnist on Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @JazzRSLExaminer.

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