Jameer Nelson Says He'd Do the 'Big Balls' Dance Again

Jim Cavan@@JPCavanContributor IMarch 31, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 10: Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic in a game against the Sacramento Kings on January 10, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Rocky Widner/Getty Images

If nothing else, the NBA is a league where self-expression is as much a part of the ebb and flow of the game as any sneaker or grease-board strategy.

Indeed, what an amazing world we live in when you can get paid to go out on a basketball court, have fun and be yourself.

Jameer Nelson is currently experiencing the exact opposite arrangement.

According to Ken Hornack of Fox Sports Florida, Nelson was fined $15,000 by the league front office for what the latter is calling an “on-court gesture.”

That’s it! That’s the story!

I’m guessing y’all want to see the gesture in question, huh. All right:

It should be noted that this isn’t a Jameer Nelson Original Move. That honor belongs to former NBA firebrand Sam Cassell, who rolled out this number a staggering 3,298 times during his 15-year NBA career, according to Basketball-Reference.com.

That’s actually made up. But he did it a lot.

For his part, Nelson was, how do we say, less than 100 percent conciliatory. From Hornack's dispatch:

I accept the fine,” Nelson said Friday at the Magics shootaround before their game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Hopefully I wont get emotional again. If I have to pay $15,000 for our fans to get excited Ill do it again.

He’ll do it again!

All laughs aside, Nelson’s ornery reaction raises an interesting question: Is it a good thing for the league that players are willing to shell out the dough for the sake of self-expression?

Or is it risking backlash from fans enraged by the notion that Nelson would see that privilege as license to essentially light 150 $100 bills on fire?

Whatever your response to those questions, I think we can all agree on the answer to the question “Was this hilarious?”

The answer is yes, yes it was.