NBA Jam: Basketball Stars and Their Virtuoso Guitarist Equivalents

June 10th, 2010 by Chris Cornell Leave a reply »
Being in a rock band has many similarities to playing on an NBA team. Of course, the lifestyles, the women, and the occasional recreational drug use is a given similarity. But you’ve also got to keep an even tempo, mixing in fastbreaks with your half court set, just as rock bands have to mix in a slow jam every now and then to give the audience a breather. Bands can’t just unleash an all-out, three-hour assault on the audience’s ear drums (hey even Metallica slows it down from time-to-time). Everybody’s got to share the love as well. On the hardwood, team chemistry is hurt when a player chucks up 30 shots a game. On the stage, when a band member steals all the solos it’s going to piss off the rest of the bunch. But when it all comes down to the clutch, both rock bands and NBA teams are all about individual performance. When a song reaches a climax, the band turns to their best musician to shred out a solo to leave the crowd spent. In the closing minutes of the fourth quarter in a tight game, teams find their best scorer and let them work one-on-one in the post and perimeter or out on the fastbreak. A slam dunk can be just as electrifying ...

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