Ah, the introductions of the starting lineups for an NBA game. They’re … well, they certainly exist. Some NBA pregame introductions are iconic. Others, not so much. Either way, the staid tradition of announcing starters within the team construct, as part of a larger introduction, has run its course. It’s time to shake things up a bit and to take a page from professional wrestling entrances and baseball walk-up music. It’s time for customized, individualized, attitude-ized NBA player intros. And the Hardwood Paroxysm crew is just the group to get us started. From actual wrestling themes to pop songs, here are a few perfect matches of NBA star and theme music. We start with the defending champs, who’d likely buck the trend of individuality in their own Spurs-ian way. Enjoy!
The San Antonio Spurs – The Four Horsemen Theme
By Brian Schroeder (@Cosmis)
In wrestling parlance, the Four Horsemen are undoubtedly the most successful “stable (read: group of wrestlers who form a team bigger than two and routinely destroy everyone else)” in the history of the sport, with all four members holding a major title at one point. Formed in 1986, they were fairly awesome while being fairly boring, gimmick wise. Their gimmick was that they were a bunch of dudes who decided to destroy everyone else and dominate. In this respect, VERY MUCH like the Spurs.
Practically, it fits just as well as it does thematically. They’ve got got a huge, quiet guy who annihilates everybody for an extended period (Arn Anderson: Tim Duncan). They’ve both got a show-offy jet-stealing type who, more often than not, is the biggest reason for their success (Ric Flair: Tony Parker also WHOOO SPACE MOUNTAIN WHOOO). They’ve both got a solid third guy who is hairy, strangely charismatic and smaller than you’d expect. (Tully Blanchard: Manu Ginobili). They’ve both got a rotating group of fourth guys (Barry Windham, Brian Pillman, Sid Vicious, etc: Tiago Splitter, Bruce Bowen, Stephen Jackson, etc). Going even farther, they both brought in shiny new up and comers to bolster their ranks (Sting : Kawhi Leonard). They both even had an older guy who mentored the biggest strongest guy on the team before being forced out due to old age (Ole Anderson: David Robinson). It’s a weirdly specific fit, I know, but what better theme for the Spurs than one about a group of guys who dominate for a decade and starts with the sound of horses galloping?
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