Most Awkward NBA Press Conferences in Recent Memory

Andrew WallockContributor IMay 17, 2012

Most Awkward NBA Press Conferences in Recent Memory

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    Unfortunately, press conferences are just a part of life for NBA players. They are something that is required and most would probably rather not do them if they could avoid them. Press conferences generally can either be super uneventful or talked about for the next 10 years (especially when Allen Iverson is talkin' about practice).

    So NBA players must always tread carefully around the media. Any small thing they say can be taken dramatically out of context. LeBron James and Dwight Howard have both learned that lesson the hard way.

    But, for us fans, NBA press conferences can be a source of endless entertainment and cringe-worthy moments.

    What follows is a compilation of some of the most disgustingly entertaining, painful and ill-advised press conferences and press conference answers in the NBA in recent memory. Expect many appearances from non-media savvy types like LeBron, Dwight and the beloved Stan Van Gundy.

    So let's take a gander. Keep in mind that these are in no particular order.

Joakim Noah Disses Cleveland

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    This may have not been cringe-worthy awkward, but it was certainly out of line and uncomfortable.

    In one simple sentence, Joakim Noah managed to enrage an entire fanbase and city.

Hey Mario, You're on TV, Remember?

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    Mario Chalmers seems barely able to hold himself in the video frame during this press conference with NBA TV.

    What's he doing down there?

    I will give him this: He recovers well. 

LeBron Calls Reporter Retarded

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    Dwyane Wade and LeBron are both visibly annoyed by the woman's question in this video. As Wade responds, you can definitely hear LeBron "whisper" retarded under his breath. Not a good call, LeBron.

    Although, to be fair, reporters aren't fair at all to LeBron and his super friends.

Chris Bosh Is All Alone

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    Chris Bosh was once the man in Toronto, but ever since leaving and hitching on with the "Big Three," Bosh has been pretty much an afterthought.

    This is definitely apparent in one of last year's playoff press conferences. While Dwyane Wade and LeBron James appear together in most media conferences, Bosh is generally forced to face the media alone. And in this clip, it doesn't even seem like the reporters have any questions for him anyway...

    Poor guy.

Dwight Creeped out by a Reporter

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    Honestly, Dwight Howard needs to tread most carefully around the media than any other player in the NBA. The guy is even more hated right now than Mr. James. And anything he says needs to be carefully scripted.

    In this case, I feel for the reporter in the video. He was just complimenting Dwight on his shirt.

    Is that such a bad thing? Dwight made this a lot more awkward than it should have been by reacting the way he did.

Brian Scalabrine Doesn't Care

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    I, for one, think Brian Scalabrine handled this reporter's question in the most perfect manner possible. "The White Mamba" obviously thinks he's a superstar.

    And, for some odd reason, so do most NBA fans.

    Scalabrine can do no wrong.

Tracy McGrady Cries

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    Now, before I get a bunch of hate mail, hear me out on this one. I don't have a problem with grown men crying or showing emotion. It just shows incredible passion and desire for the game of basketball.

    Tracy McGrady, in particular, wanted terribly to get his team out of the first round at least once. But he was never able to accomplish it. Obviously, he's going to feel some emotion.

    Watching a grown man cry can still be an awkward experience, though—especially in this case. T-Mac, I still feel for ya.

LeBron Is Better Than All of Us

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    I do understand what LeBron was trying to say here, but he certainly didn't communicate it effectively. He made himself sound like an entitled and spoiled player.

    But telling his haters that they still have to live their "crappy lives" is not a good step in the right direction. This one is still painful to watch for me.

    Does LeBron even want to repair his legacy?

Kobe Being Sarcastic

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    Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers were recently routed in OKC by the Thunder and he was visibly unhappy in the press conference after the game.

    The question in the video didn't help much, but we all know reporters don't understand sarcasm.

Who Farted?

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    Farting is never a good option while doing an interview. And Noah won't let you get away with it. You can count on that.

Allen Iverson Practice

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    You can't have a list like this without including the king of all press conferences. Allen Iverson doesn't like to practice.

    We've all seen this plenty of times. Do yourselves a favor and watch it one more time.

Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy Have a Moment

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    This has got to be one of the cringe-worthy moments in recent NBA history. Stan Van Gundy is just telling it like it is before Dwight shows up and decides to cause more uproar and drama in Orlando.

    No wonder Orlando fans hate the guy. I feel for Stan in this video; all he wanted to do was drink his Diet Coke.