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The Roots Presents: The Evolution of Greatness

The Roots featuring Jidenna, ’Hamilton’s’ Daveed Diggs, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels of RUN DMC, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Michael B. Jordan run through the the past four decades of NBA Greatness.

Look at all that snazzy swagga!

The Roots to Deliver NBA-Themed Musical With Special Guests at All-Star Game

Beyond the talent on the court, NBA will deliver star-studded musical performances for Sunday’s 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

The Roots have composed an original NBA-themed musical called The Evolution of Greatness, which they will perform – along with Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs, DJ and producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, actor Michael B. Jordan, artist/producer Jidenna, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Darryl “DMC” McDaniels – prior to the game. The Evolution of Greatness will follow the historical path of the league from the 1950s to present day.

This is fucking amazing. Holy crap.

I went up to Kobe and said, “Hey, Coach wants to know if you want to stay in for the first few minutes of the fourth quarter, get 70 and then come out.”

Kobe looked up at the scoreboard, and he said, “Nah, I’ll get it another time.” I looked at him and I kind of got mad.

I said: “What?! You have a chance to get 70 points. How many people can say they scored 70 points? Just stay in the first few minutes and get another eight points, get 70 and then come out of the game.”

He said: “I’ll do it when we really need it. I’ll get it when it really matters.”

- Coach Brian Shaw on Kobe Bryant’s 62 point game.

“It was something that just rolled off my tongue because I trained extremely hard and the physical tools were there. I just felt like I could have a game like that again.”

- Kobe Bryant

Just about a month later, Kobe dropped 81 on the Raptors.