The NBA is sometimes more entertaining because of what happens off the court. Have you seen the horrible suits rookies wear the the draft? How about Yi Jianlian showing off his post moves against furniture? And who can forget LeBron James eviscerating every fan in his home state by choosing to leave the Cleveland Cavs on national television? You don’t get more entertaining extracurriculars in any other sport.
(Just so you’re clear on where I stand, The Decision was horrible. I watched along with everyone else, but you shouldn’t create an entire TV show just so you can flip the bird to a city, even if it is Cleveland.)
It all goes to show that (thanks be to God) the NBA is ham-fisted when it comes to the off-the-court stuff. It’s fitting that the equally ham-fisted Goodie Mob has a song featured in an NBA commercial. Oh, I’m sorry. I meant Goodie Mob feat. Cee-Lo Green. You know, the guy from Goodie Mob.
Cee-Lo (not feat. Goodie Mob) has been on one recently, winning awards for “F*ck you” and flaunting his cross-dressing tendencies as a coach on “The Voice.”
I get that it’s for the name recognition, but could you imagine being one of the other Goodie Mobbers? You’ve seen your (friend?) and bandmate on stage during the Super Bowl halftime show with Madonna. You saw him have huge hit songs as a solo artist and a member of another group. He’s on an insanely popular TV show.
Imagine introducing The Beatles as “The Beatles featuring Paul McCartney.” John would have been pissed. Ringo would have, well…Ringo wouldn’t have cared. Ringo was lucky to be along for the ride.
I can’t imagine the rest of the Mob being as happy as Ringo about this development. Goodie Mob’s first album after Cee-Lo left was titled “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.” I’ll let you guess who the monkey is.
For those of us who actually know Goodie Mob, the whole thing is cringeworthy. But it’s so fitting that it’s all happening during the NBA playoffs.
The NBA: where ham-fisted, awkward entertainment happens. Feat. Cee-Lo Green.