We’ve been known to bash ATL for its lack of fan support, but the city might have redeemed itself with the intro video for the Atlanta Hawks. Any time you can work Cee-Lo, the munchkin/rapper/singer who happens to be an Atlanta native, into your video, you’re doing something right. The Hawks intro video takes us through the streets of Hotlanta, where we find various players hanging out in the community. Jeff Teague is apparently walking in the middle of the highway. Al Horford just got done seeing a movie by himself. John Jenkins is getting jiggy with it in his car. And Zaza Pachulia is making some sort of mob deal in an empty diner, because that’s what happens there. The Hawks showcase their city by shooting their players in what feels like authentic Atlanta locations. Points for representing the city, and more points for showing Kyle Korver shopping at a thrift store.
We recently took you behind the scenes to view the making of the Cleveland Cavaliers' excellent intro video, but obviously the Cavs aren't the only team that knows how to get a crowd hyped up. There are 29 other teams in the league, and all of them do their best to whip 20,000+ fans into a frenzy before each tip-off. Whether with good music, fresh concepts or dapper players, these organizations are bringing the funk to pregame festivities.
Click through the slideshow to check out the five best intro videos in the NBA.
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