While fans get ready to watch Kobe, LeBron, Dwight and CP3 in Orlando, Billboard.com is offering its own stellar basketball collection: 10 basketball-themed songs and music videos that will fire up any hoops diehard. From Michael Jackson's b-ball jam to all-star tracks by Shaquille O'Neal and Ron Artest (er, excuse me, Metta World Peace), check out these 10 slammin' songs that can soundtrack any All-Star party.
B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J and Busta Rhymes, "Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)"
What better way to begin this list with the "Space Jam" soundtrack's "Hit 'Em High," which featured an incredible amount of hip-hop talent for a song about evil, basketball-playing cartoons. Bonus points for the use of the fish-eye lens during Busta's verse in the music video; even in posse cuts, '90s Busta was all about the fish-eye.
Aaron Carter, "That's How I Beat Shaq"
In the early 2000s, as the Los Angeles Lakers were in the middle of a three-peat, nobody was beating Shaquille O'Neal -- except, of course, for teen pop star Aaron Carter. The singer recounts his story of defeating the all-star center in a pickup game while relying on catchy hooks and lines like, "Three-pointer, nothing but net!/Come on Shaq, had enough yet?" Tragically, the basketball upset was all a dream for AC… or was it?
Kurtis Blow/Bow Wow, "Basketball"
Historians will likely debate for years which version of "Basketball" -- Kurtis Blow's smooth 1984 original or Bow Wow's hyped-up 2002 re-imagining for "Like Mike" -- is better. To his credit, Blow included ninjas in his music video, dodging kicks as he shouts out Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas. But Bow Wow (Lil Bow Wow at the time of filming) does sport some pretty sick court moves in his "Basketball" clip. Let's call it a triple-OT win for Blow.
Troop 41, "Do The John Wall"
It wasn't enough for Washington Wizards point guard John Wall to be the top overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft after becoming a star at the University of Kentucky -- he had to have a dance, too. Actually, the "John Wall," as demonstrated by hip-hop troupe Troop 41, is surprisingly simple to do, even more so than the Dougie. Basically, you flex your arm and occasionally twist your wrist around to display your bicep. We can only hope that Troop 41 writes more odes to the dance moves of emerging b-ball stars to pass the time during the lockout. How about "Do The Gordon Hayward" or "Do The Al-Farouq Aminu"?
Shaquille O'Neal, "(I Know I Got) Skillz"
Shaq announced his retirement at the end of last season, and while his four NBA championships are wholly impressive, there's nothing quite like listening to the big man drop some rhymes, as he was wont to do in the 90s. Click here to check out more of Shaq's stunning musical moments, but we fondly remember O'Neal's microphone "Skillz" on this dark NBA day.