NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Has Nothing on MTV Rock N' Jock Basketball

By Ronnie Hampston
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I know I sound old typing this, but growing up in the 1990s was a thing of beauty. Kids in this era missed out on so much, and it’s a shame that they did not have the luxury to experience what the slightly older generation did. One thing that may be foreign to the digitized young generation is MTV Rock N’ Jock basketball. The NBA has an All-Star Celebrity Game during all-star break, but it does not compare.

Yes, it’s cool to see Kevin Hart make us laugh, and we see Arne Duncan play like Tim Duncan, but it isn’t Rock N’ Jock.

I thought I would pay homage to Rock N’ Jock basketball. Many kids today may not know it, but MTV used to actually show music videos word to Kanye West. During the early- to mid-90s MTV was at a high peak, and they had a hand in virtually everything.

Rock N’ Jock basketball gave fans the opportunity to see their favorite muscians, athletes, and entertainers play basketball as well as other sports. You could see Dean Cain, Stephen Baldwin, Ed Lover and Michael Rappaport compete against guys such as Reggie Miller, Kevin Garnett, Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway, Shawn Kemp and Kenny Lofton.

Year in and year out, the games would be star-studded. Whether it was seeing a crazy 20-point shot or seeing your favorite entertainer talk trash to your favorite athlete, it was always a sight to see. The level of entertainment was always cool to see, and the interaction between the stars was also great for fans.

Athletes and entertainers have a weird balance where they want to be each other, and Rock N’ Jock was the platform that made it a possibility, even for just one moment. Maybe one day we can see a new version of the Violators facing off against the Bricklayers in a new version of Rock N’ Jock hoops.

I know it is far-fetched, but you never know.

Ronnie Hampston  is a writer for, follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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