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10 Most Embarrassing Press Conference Moments in NBA History

Kelly ScalettaFeatured Columnist IVDecember 28, 2016

10 Most Embarrassing Press Conference Moments in NBA History

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    The Press Conference, a.k.a. "The Presser," is as much a part of the story as the game itself at times when we watch players and coaches respond to the game which they just won or lost.

    It's where we get to know the players behind the play. 

    Sometimes, it's where we get to know them a little better than we want.

    We get to see them in their clumsy moments, in their angry moments and in their, let's politely say, less-than-genius moments. 

    There have been occasional embarrassing moments in press conferences through NBA history, and here are 10 of the most embarrassing moments. 

    Of course, it's possible that there are some moments that I didn't know of that are better.

    If you have some suggestions, feel free to leave link to the video. 

Kevin Garnet Dogs Paul Pierce About His Shoes

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    In this tidbit, Kevin Garnett calls out Paul Pierce for his kicks, which have "rabbits" or "rats" coming out of the top of them.

    You have to love the way that Paul Pierce played along with it though.

    Of course the question we all want to know is: What does the rest of the outfit look like?

Brian Scalabrine Owns Reporter, and MVP?

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    Brian Scalabrine has a ring.

    Who cares if he didn't play a single minute in the finals right?

    He sure doesn't!

    In five years, you guys are gonna forget. In 10 years I'll still be a champ. In 20 years, I'll tell my kids I probably started and in 30 years I'll tell them I got the MVP, so I'm really not to worried about it. 

    The moral of the story: Don't mess with the White Mamba. 

Avery Johnson Turns the Tables on a Reporter

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    Little did this un-named reporter know that he was about to be the man on the hot seat.

    An obviously disgruntled Avery Johnson asks the reporter to answer his own question.

    My favorite part is when he tells him not to stutter. 

    I love this because I also get tired of hearing reporters ask questions that aren't really looking for an answer, so much as they are looking for fodder. 

LeBron James Didn't Go to College

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    LeBron James stumbles over his words.

    Then he regroups, and goes back in, only muff them up again. 

    With the way he handled this question, you'd think the game was on the line or something.

    Oh well, he has an excuse: He didn't go to college. 

Stan Van Gundy Passes a Little Gas Along with His Answers

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    You could tell that he had some gas pains before, but he gave himself a little bit of  relief at the 17 second mark of this video, where you can hear the decided sound of flatulence.  

    The funny thing is if you were to poll everyone in the media and ask them who is the most likely to let loose with a cheek flapper in the middle of a press conference, about 99 percent of the answers would be Stan Van Gundy. 

Dwight Howard Not Sure How to Respond to a Compliment

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    At first it might seem sweet if you talk about a reporter flirting with Dwight Howard in the middle of a press conference, but if you found out the reporter was a guy, it just seems awkward. 

    It certainly was awkward for D12, as he spends the bulk of his time trying to get past the compliment. 

Gregg Popovich Isn't Pleased with the Question

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    If there's a reporter that's going to grade the media, it's Gregg Popovich.

    Here he gets asked the first question of the season, and it's not a very good one.

    This one isn't embarrassing for Pops at all, but you know the reporter that asked it wanted to find a place to hide.

    Even the other reporters were laughing at him. 

Tim Duncan Is Glad There Are No Stairs on a Basketball Court

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    You would think that one of the greatest athletes in the history of the world could navigate a flight of stairs effectively, right?

    Not so fast. 

    Duncan doesn't quite handle these stairs with grace, but he does make the imaginary shot, I assume. 

Shaquille O'Neal Turns the Tables on a Reporter's Vulgar Question

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    Try coming at Shaq with a "Yo momma" question and he'll come right back at you with a "Yo wife" response. 

    Honestly, this has to be the single dumbest question ever asked in the history of professional sports.

    Was this one of those parody questions where the "reporter" is a comedian? I don't know.

    Whatever it was, Shaq had the best answer. 

    And really, if you get outsmarted by Shaq, you have to seriously reconsider your line of work, whether you're a reporter or a comic. 

Allen Iverson Discusses the Merits of Practice

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    There are two words that are forever changed by press conferences: "practice" and "playoffs." 

    Were you expecting anything else at the top spot?

    The thing about this is that the man who should have been embarrassed about it wasn't.

    In a lot of ways, in spite of a lot of great play, this is the defining moment of Iverson's career. 

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