Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces
performed by Cheech and Chong
Date: September 1973
This Song is the basis of Basketball Jones performed by Barry White and Chris Rock
While given a shorter title, 'Basketball Jones' from the movie 'Space Jam' is a cover of 'Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces'.
"Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces" is a song by Cheech and Chong that first appeared on the 1973 album Los Cochinos. Sung in falsetto by Cheech Marin, playing the title character Tyrone (as in "tie-your-own") Shoelaces, it told the story of Shoelaces' love of basketball. It was a parody of the song "Love Jones" by Brighter Side of Darkness. In the album version, the song was preceded by a mock interview with Jones' basketball coach named "Umgwana Kickbooti" (or something like that), in a parody of a Wide World of Sports interview conducted by a character named "Red Blazer". "Jones", both in the original song and this parody, is slang for "craving" or "addiction".