The immortal life of John Tesh’s NBA anthem “Roundball Rock”


Whenever there was a NBA game on NBC between 1991 and 2002, some edit of “Roundball Rock” was played before the game and at the half and wherever else it would fit; in all, it was played more than 12,000 times during the 12-year period in which it was NBC’s NBA theme song, which breaks down to something like 20 times per game. It became so ubiquitous during this period that it is easy to forget that “Roundball Rock” is no longer the NBA’s theme song, and in fact has not been since George W. Bush’s first term in office.

When I saw the headline, I had no idea what it was about. I’ve never associated Tesh with anything in the NBA. But Patrick Hruby said on Twitter, “If you’re a child of the 1990s NBA, I promise you’ll love this.” Well, I am so I checked it out. As soon as I heard the music, I laughed in recognition.