The Beastie Boys came, they saw, they brought the funk down from the Heavens for the Bay Area this past weekend. Rocking an instrumental set last Friday at San Francisco’s Warfield (visit my personal gallery), and more of a triple-trouble emcee throwdown Saturday at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre (yet another gallery), the B-Boys delivered two complimentary bookend performances that deserve to be in a 2-Disc DVD some time in the near future. Sometimes you feel like Money Mark, sometimes you feel like Mix Master Mike. We all know that the Beastie music catalog speaks for itself, so I decided to sit with the Boys to talk hoops and discuss the upcoming NBA season. No strangers to the game, the Beasties have made guest appearances in the NBA Street video game and the classic NBA Jam: Tournament Edition. Hell, Mike D even got swatted by Anthony Mason in the Root Down video. Read on as the Beastie Boys give B.Diddy and the Warriors love, get defensive about the Knicks, and go soft for crybaby and creepy-mustache-wearing Adam Morrison. Ugh, just look at it...
Just to clear things up from the beginning, I don’t think Morrison is a child molester, I just think his 'stache resembles that of a child molester’s upper lip. Dude’s got mean mid-range game, though. -p
Oscar Pascual: I just got here late, sorry.
Adrock: You missed the whole beginning part, we did this crazy shit.
P: I’m shaking my fist for that one. Did anybody ask you about the Knicks?
A: Why were you late?
P: Oh, traffic’s insane over here.
A: Oh. Oh, traffic. Right.
Mike D: And is this the first time you’ve been late for a press conference, or is this a repeat pattern?
P: Actually, this is the first time I’ve been to something like this.
A: So you come in late and you start by insulting our basketball team…
MD: So this is how you start your journalism career…
MCA: (looks to Adrock) You know the Knicks are in bad shape if just mentioning their name throws you into a frenzy.
P: I was going to say they’re on the up and up. You know they just got Zach Randolph.
MD: Yeah, right. It’s very clear and it’s obviously easy for you to say the Bay Area and the Golden State Warriors have a much brighter, more promising present and future than the Knicks. You know, I’m a big fan of the B. Diddy dunk.
MCA: You know, Jason Kidd might be coming to our show tonight.
A: No. Really?
MD: J Kidd?
MCA: Oh yeah.
A: I wish Gary Payton was coming, that would be cool.
MCA: Actually, I know someone I can call.
MD: Yah, but you think the Glove still lives here?
A: Did you have more sports questions you wanted to ask? Tennis or football?
MD: What other moves have the Warriors made?
P: They got rid of J-Rich. That wasn’t really that cool.
MD: I don’t understand, why get rid of him? I’m a J-Rich fan.
P: Yeah, I thought the Warriors were J-Rich.
MD: So why mess with the formula?
A: Did they trade for Gerald Wallace?
P: No, he’s actually still there.
MD: Who’d they get from the Bobcats, Morrison?
A: I like that guy.
MD: I like Morrison.
P: Some young cat, I believe (Richardson was traded for rookie forward Brandan Wright). No, they did not get Morrison. You guys dig that child-molester mustache he’s got?
A: I wouldn’t have said it like that…
MD: I never thought of it like that.
A: No, I hate his guts now.
MD: I have a soft spot for Morrison because when he was in college when they lost and he started crying, they just kept showing the clip of him crying on the floor. A soft spot for him, you know. Poor guy. Crying all up on the TV.
-- Oscar Pascual