Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Shills For Smashing Pumpkins, Plus 5 More Sports/Music Mashups That Shouldn’t Have Happened

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has made headlines over the last few months for complaining about the Lakers not building a statue of him outside Staples Center. Now he’s in the media for a completely new and weird reason. Jabbar is shilling for another semi-washed-up celebrity, Billy Corgan. The Smashing Pumpkins have a new album coming out, Oceania, and the six-time NBA MVP just wanted to remind everyone of that by smashing a pumpkin against a backboard. Seems a little “on the nose” for Corgan, but he may have been the one to give it the thumbs-up, since, like most of Corgan’s endeavors, it’s really f***ing weird.

The video made us remember some of our other favorite weird athlete/music mashups.

5. Bronson Arroyo Covers Goo Goo Dolls

Arroyo pitched for the Red Sox when they won their first World Series in decades. He was also once a white guy with cornrows. Anyway, to capitalize on the big win, the right-hand hurler released an album of cover songs, including gems from Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Incubus and the Goo Goo Dolls. In this video, he performs their song “Slide” twice after he messes it up the first time.

4. Shaq and Bobby Brown Collaborate

Everyone knows Shaquille O’Neal once had a recording career. His debut album even went platinum. And some people know that singer Bobby Brown once had a music career, too. (Hey, crack happens.) But did you know that in 1996, The Diesel and Brown collaborated on the song “Edge of Night“? Brown sings the chorus from Phil Collins’ “I Can Feel It Coming In The Air Tonight.”

3. Will Ferrell and Manny Pacquiao Sing “Imagine”

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Will Ferrell teamed up on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” one night to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine.” There may have been a reason for it, we can’t remember. But it did what they intended. It made us laugh, after minutes of shock and shaking our heads.

2. Ron Artest Puts George Lopez In His Rap Video

We understand why athletes put rappers in their rap videos, because it makes them seem legit. Only the Lakers’ Ron Artest would be crazy enough to fill the entourage out with 50-year-old George Lopez in his “Go Loco” video.

1. The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Super Bowl Shuffle

It’s been more than 25 years and we still have no idea why this was done or what it means. The team recorded it right before their win at Super Bowl XX. Can you imagine The Heat recording a rap song before the NBA Finals? That would have given haters so much more ammo.