Wait, what? A John Starks mention on GWHH? Especially given that we’re such big Bulls fans? Haha, well, the latter will never truly matter and this story is just too fun and it was brought up again with Bomani Jones & Dan Le Batard on ESPN’s Highly Questionable.
The story, a great #TBT by the way for the youngest generation of hip hop fans, stems from 1996 and Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got A Story To Tell”. Press play above and listen up. Biggie describes a seemingly true account of sleeping with a Knicks player’s girl and then robbing said Knicks player when he came back to the house. In the song, Biggie casually mentions he was 6’5″, which eliminates someone like star Patrick Ewing of course.
But since the song’s release, it was assumed the player in question was John Starks, one of the Knicks’ main guards in the 90s and a hard-nosed, sometimes loose cannon player who embodied the team’s toughness. Starks tells Bomani & Le Batard that it wasn’t him and that he’s actually 6’2″. He also indicates there’s some truth to the story though but stays close to the chest about who Biggie’s actually referring to, inspiring some great reactions though from the hosts. 2:02 mark
At the very least, this lets us relive, or hear for the first time, a Biggie song on this TBT day with a story that ultimately doesn’t mean too much today. If you are that intrigued to figure out who this Knicks player is, this blog titled What Would Oakley Do? (great blog name) has about as detailed a breakdown as you want.