The Story Of How A Voicemail Ultimately Became The Iconic NBA On NBC Theme Music Is Content For Your Soul


Gotta be honest—I had absolutely no idea who John Tesh was before last night. Could’ve been a second-round pick in the 80s who didn’t quite pan out. Or the dude Clinton hired to kill Epstein. I couldn’t distinguish Tesh between a gloryhole in the wall.

But today is a new day, and today I learned the Mr. John Tesh brought more joy into my life than the sum total of all my ex-girlfriends.

The pianist, composer, and six-time Emmy winner wrote the NBA on NBC basketball theme “Roundball Rock” that aired for 12 years during the Jordan era and resurgence of the NBA. The chill-inducing soundtrack of many-a-childhood.

In a re-surfaced footage posted by MSG Network’s Jeff Eisenband, Tesh explains to an audience the humble beginnings of the most memorable sports theme song in history.

This is right up there with J.K. Rowling coming up with the Hogwarts Houses on the back of an airplane vomit bag. Or Adele writing the 007 Skyfall theme in under 10 minutes.

Honestly didn’t expect this from a guy who looks like if Harry Dunn from Dumb and Dumber sold I Got Worms and became a stock broker.

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It has also been brought to my attention that back in 2013, Saturday Night Live did a John Tesh Roundball Rock sketch when they were still self-aware enough to have Tim Robinson on the cast.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go cry into my Bill Wennington jersey.

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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.