I’ve written in the past about a line in Ben Fold’s song, “Late”, that mentions him playing basketball with the singer Eliot Smith. I love the idea of indie rockers getting together in the alley behind some club and playing 3 on 3 in their skinny jeans and thick glasses.
Well, we’re getting a little closer to that reality, thanks to Win Butler, lead singer of Arcade Fire, who’s hosting a charity game in Toronto, featuring some rockers and a few NBA vets, like Spencer Hawes and Brent Barry.
So, let’s scout the music scene. Who would you want on your rockstar basketball team?
Win Butler is a good place to start. Aside from being a well-known basketball fan, he’s also a former player. Butler was on the varsity at Philips Exeter in New Hampshire during high school. Most importantly, he’s 6’4″.
Peter Garrett is also very tall. The former frontman for Midnight Oil stands 6’4″ and he looks pretty intimidating:
He’s also a member of the Australian House of Representatives, so if you need someone to argue with the refs, he’s your man.
We can keep building a big front line with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. Also 6’4,” He’s also a red head, which would be distracting to opponents.
Eddie Vedder is going to play in our backcourt. Not only was Pearl Jam originally named Mookie Blaylock, but Vedder was the only rock star name checked by Dennis Rodman ahead of his Hall of Fame induction last week.
Billy Corgan, from Smashing Pumpkins, is a big Bulls fan. And according to this picture, he also apparently played basketball in corduroy pants and boots once. If nothing else, he deserves a spot on our team as reward for dealing with all the chafing he must have endured after that.
I’m sure I forgot some obvious choices. Who ya got? Add your suggestions in the comments section.