Yesterday, sadly, Adam Yauch, also known as MCA of the Beastie Boys, succumbed to his tough bought with cancer.  As a humanitarian, musician, and pioneer, it’s undoubtedly a huge loss in so many ways. But, as even Bleacher Report notes, it’s also a sad passing for basketball fans as well.

As anyone close to the game knows, music, especially hip-hop, and basketball go hand in hand. That statement is especially true when talking of MCA, who in his own right, was a devoted fan of his hometown New York Knicks. In a 1992 interview with the Washington Post, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), notes of the Beastie Boys performances, “But basically we break up the set like in quarters, a tribute to our favorite basketball team, the New York Knicks. We’ll change it each night, so some nights it’s like a rap quarter, playing quarter, rap quarter, playing quarter.”

But above his fanhood, Yauch was also a documentarian of the game. His 2008 documentary “Gunnin’ for  that #1 Spot” follows eight of the top high schools players in 2006 (the time of filming), including Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Tyreke Evans, and Brandon Jennings. It’s main focus is the Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic at Rucker Park in Harlem. All of the eight are currently in the NBA. And if you haven’t already done so, the film is highly recommended for any basketball fan to watch. Check out the preview below.

And, on a last note, check out a song by the Beastie Boys.

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