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TJ's Carlos Santana Returns to NBA Finals

He performs the national anthem with wife Cindy Blackman Santana at the NBA Finals on June 3

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    Carlos Santana performs the national anthem at game two of the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 3.

    As the story goes, legendary Mexican-American guitar slinger Carlos Santana got his start in music playing on the Tijuana Strip. Then, he moved north to San Francisco where he worked as a dishwasher at a diner and busked for some extra coin before rising to prominence in the Bay Area club circuit.

    The rest, as they say, is history: 100 million records sold, 10 Grammys won, three Latin Grammys won and the No. 15 spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." And those are just the highlights of the highlights.

    At the NBA Finals on June 3, Santana will once again take to the court to perform his signature rendition of the national anthem, and he'll be joined once again by his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana. 

    Watch Carlos and Cindy perform at 2015's NBA Finals below.

    Cindy is a rock and jazz drummer most notable for her work with Lenny Kravitz, so "The Star-Spangled Banner" gets a heavy upgrade once her distinctive percussion is thrown into the mix.

    The Santanas have performed their rendition of the anthem at three NBA Finals games over the years. This year, they'll be performing before game two, which will air live from Oracle Arena in Oakland.

    Rutger Ansley Rosenborg has been an Associate Editor at NBC SoundDiego since 2016. Find out more here, or contact him here.