NBA 2010-11: 10 of the Most Ridiculous Stories from the NBA Season
The season is over, and we are entering a stage of uncertainty. There could be a NBA season, or we could all be forced to endure another season of the irrelevant American Idol instead.
This one is up to the owners and the players to decide, though it would be in the best interest of the sport if we did have a season come November, especially with the fact that this past NBA Finals had ratings reach insurmountable levels.
This past season was filled with highs and lows. The world laughed as LeBron James, star of the hit show Two and a Half Men, failed to win the championship. Nothing greater than watching the greatest villain in modern-day sports fail miserably.
However, there is something many of us have forgotten. This season has also been filled with ludicrous, unimaginable stories.
Here are 10 that stood out among the rest. Enjoy!
Miami Heat: Crygate
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If you ask Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra if he had any regrets this past season, "Crygate" might certainly be at the top of his list.
During that early March press conference, Spoelstra alerted the media that there were players in the locker room who were weeping after losing to the Chicago Bulls 87-86.
This instantly backfired, as the Miami Heat drew even more negative attention and became the laughingstock of the NBA. Crying after a regular season loss? Incredibly rare.
I hear lullabies are instant tear-stoppers.
Memphis Grizzlies: The Plane Fight
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"Boo-Ray," the card game, happened to be the cause of a physical encounter between O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen during a team flight.
These players went at it on the plane, and suddenly Mayo was sidelined for the next game with "bronchitis."
Blake Griffin: The Unspectacular Dunk
After taking several decades to set up, Blake Griffin was ready to leave us all stunned.
Mission accomplished: The world was stunned at how terrible it was.
Griffin dunked over the hood of a small KIA. Most were stunned at how boring the dunk was.
It was nothing more than a glorified commercial for a NBA sponsor, and it is something that could be done by 95 percent of NBA players.
If he jumped from the middle of the car, then it would have been spectacular. However, it was all hype and about as exciting as documentary on plastic water bottles.
Terrence Williams: Never on Time
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After repeatedly breaking team rules, Willliams was sentenced to a term with the Springfield Armor of the NBDL.
It seemed like Terrence Williams could never show up on time. He was late to games, practices and flights. So the team gave him a solution: five-hour bus rides and motels while playing in extravagant locations like Bismarck, North Dakota.
Hope it was more fun than the NBA, Terrence.
Derrick Caracter: The Push
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Derrick Caracter was refused service by an IHOP in the city of New Orleans during a playoff series.
Instead of politely leaving, he decided to push a female cashier. He was drunk and unruly.
As a result, Caracter was charged with battery, public drunkenness and resisting arrest.
McDonald's was right around the corner, Derrick.
Sherron Collins: The Failed Opportunity
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After being waived, Sherron Collins received the gift of a lifetime: a phone call from Paul Silas telling him he was back on the team. All Collins needed to do was travel from his hometown of Chicago to Charlotte.
The team arranged a flight. He missed it. The team arranged a second flight. He missed it.
The offer was withdrawn, and Sherron Collins has yet to play another game in the NBA.
Mike Bibby: Leaving $6.2 Million on the Table to Win, Then Losing
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Mike Bibby gave up $6.2 million to play for the Miami Heat.
After being traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the last-place Washington Wizards, the 32-year-old was less than thrilled and asked for a buyout.
He was granted his wish and left $6.2 million on the table in order to play for the Heat. He wanted the championship.
However, as we all know, Bibby didn't get it.
Was it worth the $6.2 million you gave up, Mike?
Dominique Jones: The Championship Tattoo
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When most players win the championship, they have a few alcoholic beverages, hit the clubs and get a ring.
Mavericks rookie Dominique Jones decided to celebrate by getting the Larry O'Brien Trophy tattooed on his neck.
Only one problem: Dominique played 18 games this season and spent most of the season in the NBDL.
He did not play one postseason game.
Adam Morrison, time to hit the tattoo parlor.
Dwight Howard vs. Royce Reed
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Take a look at this timeline:
December 12th, 2009: Dwight Howard sues Royce Reed (mother of his child) for $9.2 million because he claimed she violated an injunction placed by the court.
September 16th, 2010: Dwight Howard sues Royce Reed for $500 million due to defamation of his character.
That is not a typo—500 million smackeroos.
In April 2011, Dwight Howard sued the lovely Royce Reed again, for $551,606.74, which he claims was unpaid debt and interest.
He was awarded $500,000 in that particular case.
Dating back to 2009, Dwight Howard has sued the mother of his child for $509,751,606.74
It must be hard making ends meet in the Howard household.
Ron Artest: Metta World Peace
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He has admitted to drinking during halftime of NBA games. He has brawled with NBA fans. He has won the NBA humanitarian award.
He has truly done it all—or has he?
Ron Artest has legally decided to change his name to Metta World Peace.
Yup, everything is perfectly normal. Nothing strange about changing your name to Metta World Peace at all.