The NBA’s 10 Biggest Morons
The NBA's 10 Biggest Morons
The NBA is full of awe-inspiring talent, the kind of talent that can make fans wonder how they belong to the same species as the athletes doing amazing things night in and night out. That is just one of the many reasons to love the NBA; the fan's daily witness to physical human greatness is unparalleled and truly inspiring.
On the other hand, those same amazingly talented players can make us fans scratch our heads from time to time as we wonder how such lucky men can squander their talents and perform acts of sheer stupidity in the public eye.
Very often, this stupidity is completely unrelated to the player's skill, and may refer to blunders on the court or questionable decisions outside of the arena. Dennis Rodman (perhaps the original NBA moron?), for example, displayed impeccable instincts on the court and was a crucial part of the Chicago Bulls team whose 72-10 record is unbeaten to this day. Nevertheless, Rodman's extracurricular antics and absurd hairstyles have permanently solidified his headcase status in the minds of most basketball fans.
To be fair, not all stupidity is created equal. Making a dumb pass out of bounds is not on the same level as, say, drunk driving or criminal negligence. Even so, certain players ensure their names will remain household names for generations to come purely because of the stupid decisions they've made. With that, we take a look at the top 10 masters of stupidity currently reigning supreme in the NBA.
10. Javale McGee
In case you couldn't tell just by taking one good look at his face that this guy's a moron, check out this clip. I promise you'll enjoy.
9. J.R. Smith
Smith learned the pitfalls of social media firsthand last February when his private message romantic overtures via Twitter became not so private. He's also never been averse to the occasional 30-foot jumper in big games, making him one of the streakiest players in the league (though I can't speak to his "pipe" streak).
8. Kwame Brown
No. 1 ... No. 1 .... Say it again with me ... Kwame Brown was a No. 1 draft pick. He's a seven footer with T-Rex hands, decent athleticism and a two-cent head. Maybe Michael Jordan really crushed his spirit beyond repair in Washington. Either way, fans in Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia and Detroit know first-hand how much of a moron this guy can be.
7. Andrew Bynum
He's only played all 82 games in one of his eight NBA seasons, making Bynum one of the most frustrating centers in the entire league. The Philadelphia 76ers had high hopes that Bynum would return to the court in time to start for most of the 2012-13 season. As we know, Bynum didn't suit up for a single game, earning him perhaps the easiest $17 million of any NBA player ever.
6. Sebastian Telfair
His herky-jerky style of play, along with a 2008 gun-possession charge, have earned Telfair a reputation as a less-than-cautious professional. It's no mistake he's played for eight teams in nine seasons.
5. Kendrick Perkins
Perkins has the natural look of a moron; a guy that's so dense you wonder how he occupies his time when he's not elbowing opposing centers into the third row. Can anyone confirm that this guy isn't illiterate? His default face is that of a serial killer, and he consistently leads the NBA in technical fouls year after year. Someone get this guy some Phonics and some anger management classes.
4. Gilbert Arenas
He was a dangerous player in his prime, dangerous enough to drop 60 on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2006, though this feat was negated by an infamous gun charge in 2010 wherein it was determined that Arenas stored multiple firearms in the Washington Wizards locker room. Arenas pleaded ignorance of the law; I'm inclined to believe him, because he's just that stupid.
3. Zach Randolph
The man who once had to miss practice because his mansion's electronic gate wouldn't open has topped himself time and time again. Whether it's a DUI, gun charge or accusations of being a "major marijuana distributor," Z-Bow his a troubled history, though he appears to have cleaned up his act ever since stepping into a prominent role for the Memphis Grizzlies.
2. Chris Andersen
I'm inclined to give him a pass on a lot of his behavioral issues due to a history of substance abuse, but is there any justification whatsoever for Birdman's ridiculous tattoo display? There's making a statement, then there's making a fool of yourself.
1. Metta World Peace
There's nothing I can say about Metta that hasn't already been said. He is an ubermensch of questionable decisions, an idiot man-child if ever there was one. Love him, hate him, simply can't stand him, Metta is driven entirely by his childish urges, which makes him so sympathetic and befuddling all at once.