The NBA lockout deprived fans of one important aspect of basketball life—a long season of rookie initiations! The NBA is a brotherhood, much like a fraternity, and is filled with good-natured jokes and initiation rites.
Perhaps more than in any other sport, NBA athletes are physically different from the average fan. They’re freak athletes—taller, bigger, stronger and more coordinated than most of us can ever dream of being. Athletes from most sports can blend into a crowd; NBA players tower above them.
To further separate NBA players as a class apart, they earn multitudes more than the average Joe. The minimum contract for a rookie is $473,604, or nine times the U.S. median household income of $51,400.
As alien as the life of a basketball player may seem, they are still human, and there’s nothing like watching rookies haul around pink Hello Kitty backpacks to remind us of that fact.
Some common routines are found amongst rookies of most teams in the NBA. Let's take a look at a few.