Cheech & Chong/Barry White & Chris Rock, "Basketball Jones"
After Cheech & Chong incorporated the "Basketball Jones" melody into a 1974 short film, Barry White and Chris Rock teamed up for a new interpretation on the "Space Jam" soundtrack. The newer version is a particularly strange ditty, with Rock jamming to White's smooth crooning and shouting out the "Space Jam" stars by proclaiming, "Bugs Bunny in the house! Elmer Fudd in the house!"
Skee-Lo, "I Wish"
Have you ever wished that you were 6 foot 9 and could impress the ladies with your court skills, instead of simply watching from the bleachers? Skee-Lo has, too. This funky 1995 single frames failed romance around the rim, and its refrain, "I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller," became instantly ubiquitous.
Michael Jackson, "Jam"
MJ invited the other MJ -- Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan -- to the music video for this "Dangerous" hit, which featured the late great Heavy D. Jordan had some pretty incredible moves, but can anything match Jackson's Herculean one-handed b-ball throw at the 2:33 mark of the clip? Even if Jackson needed a ladder to dunk, he moonwalks over the competition in the video's climactic warehouse game.
Ron Artest, "Champions"
Hopefully Ron Artist will find time in his busy schedule to record more bangers like "Champions," in which he asks for a "moment of silence" for the 2010 champion Los Angeles Lakers. The most fascinating aspect of "Champions" is how Artest portrays himself as a cross-sport world-beater: one moment he's "taking shots of vodka out of Stanley's Cup," and then he's "so Michael Phelps/SO many gold medals, too many title belts."
Master P, "Make Em Say UGH"
Sure, Master P's breakout hit isn't actually about basketball. But when a music video includes a gold-plated tank rumbling onto a basketball court and shooting missiles at the backboard to blast the rim to smithereens, it is automatically included on any music-related basketball list. For those who are unaware what last fall's NBA lockout was about, the players wanted a 50-50 split of the gold tanks that shoot missiles at the backboard, while the owners want a majority of the gold tanks. It was a sad, but understandable, sticking point.