As the NBA Playoffs heat up, there is no better time than the present to recognize the anthem that, when heard, unquestionably signals championship level basketball. Although other sports have some memorable musical themes (i.e. NFL’s “Autumn Thunder” and NCAA’s Luther Vandross-era “One Shining Moment”), none can even carry the jock strap of the NBA on NBC theme song. Although the triumphant musical number has been retired for a few years now, it continues to live on in sports lore and none can resist the allure of a true monster ballad. I implore you to read on to see how the man with the beautiful baritone voice, John Tesh, sparked the phenomenon that graced basketball fans’ ears for one of the finest eras in NBA history.