Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys died Friday after a nearly three-year battle with cancer of the salivary gland. The Beastie Boys were big sports fans and loved the New York Knicks in particular. Here's a look at some of their sports connections and lyrical name drops:

Adam Yauch Of The Beastie Boys Was A Big Knicks Fan Slideshow


Adam Yauch With Danilo Gallinari

Yauch helped welcome the Knicks' 2008 first-round pick from Italy to New York.


Patrick Ewing

"Lead my team to 60 wins like my man Pat Ewing" -- Flute Loop


John Starks

"I got heart / Like John Starks / Hitting mad sparks / Pass me the mic, and I'll be rocking the whole park" -- Get It Together


Anthony Mason

"I get my hair cut correct like Anthony Mason / Then I ride the I.R.T. right up to Penn Station" -- B-Boys Makin With The Freak Freak


Hawthorne Wingo

"My favorite New York Knick was Hawthorne Wingo" -- B-Boy Bouillabaisse


Walt Frazier

"I'm like Clyde and I'm rockin steady" -- Check Your Head (Frazier's autobiography was titled "Rockin' Steady."


Latrell Sprewell

"Goin' off the hook like Latrell Sprewell" -- Unite


Phil Rizzuto

"Bum cheese on rye with ham and prosciutto / Got more Louie than Philip Rizzuto" -- What Comes Around


Rod Carew

"I got mad hits like I was Rod Carew" -- Sure Shot

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