Become a great player in the NBA, and it's likely that you'll have endorsement deals thrown at you like rice at a wedding.
Be it a shoe company, an energy drink or even a cell phone carrier, these endorsements put players' faces in advertisements that are seen all over the country and thus shoot their recognition through the roof.
Yet, some of the ways certain NBA players throughout history have endorsed a product (or products), particularly through commercials, have been just plain sad and embarrassing. At the same time, though, they have also produced nonstop laughs for this writer. Seeing as how my beloved New York Knicks are out of the playoffs, I could use a chuckle or two...or maybe five.
Here are some of the most embarrassing endorsement commercials in NBA history.
I honestly don't know who has it the worst in this commercial: D-Wade for having to listen to Howard complain, Howard for having to deal with Barkley blowing it as him on the XBox, or Barkley for being so bad at video games!
Chuck, take a piece of advice from me. You're a Hall of Fame player and one of the best rebounders of your generation. On top of that, you have a sweet gig over at TNT.
So, why are you even doing commercials anymore??
Then again, this commercial is a lot worse than the first one...
Wilt Chamberlain did this laxative commercial, and STILL didn't have a problem scoring with the ladies.
The commercial starred him and his mom and was definitely embarrassing, but you have to applaud the guy for going through with it!
I've been watching this commercial a lot lately, and I've become convinced of one thing:
The executives for Vitamin Water probably just loaded Howard up with a lot of Red Bull and gave him a case of Pixy Stix, put him on the set with a box of props, and just turned him loose.
Thus, this weird commercial was born.
Not many remember 7'7" center Gheorghe Muresan, who had a few good years with the Washington Bullets/Wizards and New Jersey Nets before injuries forced him into early retirement.
Still, he took the league by storm in his prime and once poked fun at himself immensely, just for a Snickers commercial.
Whenever I watch this ad, I always feel bad about laughing.
Wow. Chuck just keeps finding himself on this list! I remember this commercial from when I was a kid, and while I thought it may have been cool then, it's just plain embarrassing today.
Like it or not, all NBA players are role models. Saying otherwise is just plain stupid.
Johnson's career was highlighted by two things: overall toughness and clutch play. Yet, when he was with the Charlotte Hornets, he shot this commercial for Converse.
As funny as it was, I can only imagine how he felt about having to dress like an old lady and thus be called "Grandmama" for the remainder of his career...