The 20 Most Entertaining Athletes of This Generation (With Video)

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2010

The 20 Most Entertaining Athletes of This Generation (With Video)

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    Muhammad Ali has got to be one of the most entertaining athletes of all time.  During the 60s and 70s his skill and personality was constantly on display in various sports media.

    One man, Ali, was able to captivate the entire world.  He set the bar for being an entertaining athlete.

    Over the last two decades, other athletes have followed in his footsteps. They've been able to impress us with their talents as well as entertain us with their colorful personalities.

    They are funny, amusing and entertaining.  And they continue to capture our attention time and time again, not necessarily for their talent in sports but more for their ability to entertain.

    While Ali rightfully deserves a spot as one of the most entertaining athletes ever, this list will only focus on this generation's Ali's.

    Here are the 20 Most Entertaining Athletes of This Generation...

20. Baron Davis

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    Boom Dizzle as he calls himself, can entertain you by talking about one subject: his beard.

19. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson

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    He's a UFC fighter and an entertaining person.

    The interviews that he gives are some of the most entertaining in ultimate fighting.

18. Steve Nash

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    Love his witty commercials and viral online videos.

    As stone face and serious as he is on the court, he's quite the opposite off of it.

    Here's Nash and Baron Davis in nerd outfit, watch Nash's dance move halfway.

17. John McEnroe

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    Johnny Mac made throwing tantrums and breaking tennis rackets entertaining. 

    His abrasive nature as well as talent won him many fans.

    Here's his famous "You can not be serious" tirade.

16. LeBron James

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    Admit it. You watched LeBon James' Decision special.

    On the basketball court, he's one of the most talented to ever step on the floor but he also deserve credit for being quite a showman.

    From his pregame antics of throwing chalk up in the air to appearing on ESPN specials, he has the ability to keep people interested.

15. Sean Avery

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    On and off the ice, Avery finds a way to entertain.

    On the ice, his pesky ways irk opponents and draws penalties.

    Off the ice, he is best known for taunting opposing players with his infamous "Sloppy Seconds" comment.

14. Prince Naseem

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    Naz, as he's called has some of the most entertaining antics boxing has seen.

    From his pre-fight entrances, to his in-fight antics you cannot help but be amused by his unique style.

13. Dennis Rodman

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    He's got to be the designated bad boy of basketball during his playing career.

    Now that his playing days are over, he hasn't really missed a step.

    Rodman's worn women's clothing, makeup, wigs, and continues to do some crazy things to his hair.

    The Worm is known for being able to express himself in his own very unique style. Don't you agree?

    Check out his three-point shooting skills:

12. Manny Ramirez

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    Who else would write a note talking about a trade while sitting on the bench of a live baseball in which he's playing in? Only Manny Ramirez.

    Those who know him simply say, "That's Manny, being Manny."

    Only Manny would try to say that his positive result for PEDs was the result of low libido.

    And, only Manny would high five a fan after making a catch, when the ball is live. 

11. Deion Sanders

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    He's not called Prime Time for nothing. 

    During playing career as a professional baseball and football player, Sanders had flair, cockiness and talent.

    Sanders also paved the way for entertaining touchdown dances in the NFL.

10. Rickey Henderson

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    Everywhere he's played Rickey has won over fans.

    He entertains on the baseball field with his stolen bases, leadoff hits and leadoff home runs.

    But he is just as entertaing outside the game of baseball.

    There are so many entertaining stories about Henderson around the league that it's hard to keep track.

    From  referring to himself in the third person to framing a $1 million signing bonus that he forgot to cash first, the stories about Rickey are legendary.

9. Dwight Howard

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    Impersonations are his forte.

    He does a great Charles Barkley, LeBron James, Stan Van Gundy, and even an Arnold Schwarzenneger.

    His showing in the All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk contest, was one of the most talked about and entertaining moments of the competition's history.

    Big Dwight doing his best Sir Charles:

8. Mike Tyson

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    Iron Mike is every bit as entertaining now in retirement than he was during his boxing days.

    His recent highlights include a cameo on Entourage and The Hangover.

    Here's Mike asking Ari Gold for a chance to play the role of Mike Brady in a television remake of The Brady Bunch.

7. Peyton Manning

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    Who knew the four-time MVP was just as entertaining in TV commercials as he is throwing the football.

    You should also check episodes of Saturday Night Live with Manning as the guest.  He might have a future in comedy.

6. Terrell Owens

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    TO has so many entertaining antics, its hard to keep track.

    Now, he also has his own reality show.  I wonder if he'll shed more tears like he did after losing to the New York Giants in the 2008 divisional playoffs.

5. Clinton Portis

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    Portis is popular with members of the media for adopting the role of characters during some of his interviews.

    Just look at that picture.  How can anyone interviewing him, not be entertained?

    Here's Portis in character as "Choo Choo":

4. Charles Barkley

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    From his off the wall comments as an NBA TNT Analyst to challenging Dick Bavetta to a racing match, Charles Barkley is absolutely entertaining. 

    Who else can make a race with Dick Bavetta interesting? By simply saying, "Hey I can outrun Dick Bavetta right now", Barkley was able to generate so much interest, the NBA actually made it happen.

    See Charles hold his breath under water:

3. Shaquille O'Neal

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    The Big Diesel has got to be one of the most quotable athletes of all time.

    He is both charismatic and egocentric. 

    With a personality as large as his 7-foot frame, he's capable of entertaining us on the big screen (Kazaam, Steel), on the stage (Kobe rap song), on television (Shaq vs.) and on the basketball court (2000 NBA MVP).

2. Chad Ochocinco

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    From Dancing with the Stars to having his own reality show about finding love.  This guy loves to be in the spotlight.

    He dares to be different.  I mean, come one. He changed his name to Ochocinco!

    Let Chad explain to you what "Child Please" and "Kiss the Baby" means:

1. Ron Artest

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21:  Los Angeles Lakers small forward Ron Artest salutes the crowd while riding in the victory parade for the the NBA basketball champion team on June 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 87-79 in
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    Saying Ron Artest is a funny character is an understatement.  The guy is a riot.

    After winning the NBA Finals, Artest in front of bevy of cameras and reporters gave the most incoherent, dazed and extremely entertaining post-game press conferences ever. He was able to endear himself to several fans as well as finally be able to call himself a champion.

    He should have a camera follow him around at all times.

    Oh wait, he will.  He's getting his own reality show called They Call Me Crazy