If the New York Knicks’ players could pick a song as their walk-up music before games what would they choose? Luckily for us, we chose for them.
Baseball players have it all. If they’re successful three out of every 10 times, they get voted into the Hall of Fame. If Michael Beasley is successful on three of his 10 shots, he gets pulled from the game. It’s not fair if you ask me.
Baseball players can sneak into the clubhouse to grab something to eat at almost any point during the game and it’s no big deal. But when I ordered a meatball sub during halftime of a JV basketball game my coach said I was, “a distraction,” and my Dad even threatened to “take me off the team.”
Those are a couple of the perks, but maybe the best part about being a baseball player is getting to pick your walk-up song for your at-bats. If there was some way for the NBA to incorporate walk-up songs for players, they need to implement it immediately. Maybe they could limit it to the five starters, but bench guys need shine too. Perhaps each time a player checks in to the game they pause the game to allow their song to play.
The Knicks are struggling and the fans need something to keep their attention as the season crawls to a close. Lately, any delay in the on-court action has been a good thing for Knicks fans.
We’re still working on how to implement this idea, but Adam Silver, if you’re reading this, you know where to find me.
If the NBA decides to When the NBA decides to run with the idea of intro music, the Knicks would certainly have an interesting playlist.
Here’s part one:
Kristaps Porzingis – Outkast – Ms. Jackson
I’m sorry Phil Jackson (oh), I am for real
Never meant to make Kurt Rambis cry
I apologize a trillion times
If the relationship between Kristaps Porzingis and Phil Jackson really was in disrepair at the end of Jackson’s tenure, this would be the perfect entrance song for KP. There was the obvious drama of the infamous exit interview that Porzingis missed and the rumors that Jackson was considering trading KP. Although Jackson deserves credit for drafting Porzingis, the tenuous nature of their relationship was always a bit odd.
If you aren’t happy with this pick for Porzingis consider yourself lucky. Much like with Porzingis, let’s be thankful for what we have. This could have just as easily be replaced by “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z, which would be boring yet a safe pick. Or maybe even we could mess around and replace this with “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” by LCD Soundsystem, but that wouldn’t technically be true. New York isn’t bringing KP down, is it? Wait, is it?
Frank Ntilikina – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The most important thing about finding the perfect walk-up song is to make sure it’s unique and it fits the individual. In this particular case, it would be perfect because it would tie in nicely with one of Frank Ntilikina’s nicknames. Although he already has a bevy of nicknames, The French Prince might be my personal favorite. This would solidify his status as The French Prince as he tries to take over Madison Square Garden much like Will took over Uncle Phil’s house.
There was some serious thought given to picking a Meek Mill song. Ntilikina has said that he listens to Meek before games to get himself pumped up, but I still felt like The Fresh Prince is the overall better option. Nothing against Meek Mill, but this choice stands out more.
Michael Beasley – Young Jeezy – Standing Ovation
It’s only fitting that the introduction song for your favorite player’s favorite player is by your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Earlier this season, Michael Beasley gave his own little twist on the famous Young Jeezy line. That reason is enough to make this the perfect song for Beasley, but the fact the song is named “Standing Ovation” is the cherry on top.
Despite having an up and down season, Beasley has had a couple standing ovations this year in Madison Square Garden. He’s even been serenaded with tongue-in-cheek MVP chants since coming to New York. This song is the perfect showing of bravado for Beasley who still feels he is on the same talent level as Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
Enes Kanter – Jim Johnston – I Won’t Do What You Tell Me (aka Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Theme Song)
Enes Kanter is the closest thing the Knicks have to a professional wrestler. He’s always stirring the pot whether it’s on social media or on the court. The “bad guy” in wrestling is known as the “heel” and Kanter is most definitely a heel around the league.
He’s had a season-long feud with LeBron James and shown all the traits of a great heel. What better song to use for his entrance music than one of the greatest heels in the history of wrestling, Stone Cold Steve Austin? That glass shattering is an iconic sound and it would be the perfect way to introduce one of the best heels in the NBA.
Not to mention, after posting a video of himself training with UFC star Chris Weidman, Kanter was noticed by one of the most prominent figures in wrestling. Pro wrestling manager Paul Heyman took note of Kanter, who thinks his wrestling name would be The Turkish Delight. Don’t worry, I’ll see if I can get in touch with Enes’ people because that name definitely needs some workshopping.
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) February 22, 2018
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) February 22, 2018
Luke Kornet – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Fishin’ In The Dark
Alright, we’ve officially gone off the rails here with our choice for Luke Kornet. As it turns out, we don’t know a whole lot about the rookie on a two-way contract with the Westchester Knicks. He was born in Kentucky, went to high school in Texas, and played basketball at Vanderbilt University which is located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kentucky, Texas, and Tennessee all sound like places that love them some country music. I’m no aficionado of the genre and I don’t even know if Kornet likes country music. But one thing I know for sure is that if you ever go to Nashville you will hear this song more times than you thought humanly possible. You could be at a place with three different bands on three different floors and chances are, one of those bands is playing this song. My guess is during his college years, Kornet heard this once or twice while he was hanging out in Paradise Park or Honky Tonk.
Part two of this three-part series can be found here.