#4: Los Angeles Lakers
Jumbotron? Who needs a stinking jumbotron? Even if the Lakers’ intro video was just a constant loop of Kwame Brown looking sad, it would still make our list because of the presentation. On certain occasions, the Lakers drape a giant sheet over the jumbotron and screen their intro video on that. It’s like a makeshift projector screen that you’d put up in your backyard, except twenty times more epic. The intro is centered around L.A.’s recent acquisitions; Steve Nash and Dwight Howard take up most of the screen time. The best part comes at the end, when Nash throws an alley-oop. The music fades away for a minute as the camera focuses on the ball hovering in mid-air; then Howard comes flying in to crush it home as the music returns. If that doesn’t get you excited, you’re probably a movie star who has a mansion party to go to later.
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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