Although the world never got to see a band named after Mookie Blaylock, another NBA all-star was paid tribute in the early 90’s when a few ladies from New York City formed their alternative rock band and named it Luscious Jackson.
My enduring memory of Luscious Jackson will always be from the very first days of my freshman year at Syracuse. On opening weekend, right after all the freshmen finished moving in, the school hosted a free show outside the student center featuring Luscious Jackson and the Roots. I went with a bunch of guys from my floor. We didn’t stay for the whole show, but a bunch of us migrated up to the quad where I played my first pickup game of ultimate frisbee. Little did I know that a year later, I would get sucked in and take the frisbee playing to a whole different level.
Lucious Jackson (the basketball player) had a son – also named Lucious – who just happened to be a senior on the Syracuse basketball team that year. In March, Jackson and the rest of the Orangemen would make even more unforgettable memories by rolling to the NCAA championship game where they lost a hard-fought game to the “best college basketball team ever.” Despite the loss, the run to the title game was a pretty thrilling experience, highlighted by a victory at the Final Four viewing party at the Carrier Dome. And it all started with Luscious Jackson.