Sometimes it is just as simple as remembering that the professional athletes that we pay money to see are indeed people too. They do have lives after leaving the court, and a lot of them enjoy the same past times as the everyday person. Now it does help that hey have deeper pockets and access to more lavish nights out than we are accustomed to, but as the pictures will show, a night out can get the best of even the greatest athletes in the world.
There are those mornings we wake up and realize that we had one too many and then comes the time to piece the night together. Furthermore, we soon learn that there are some pictures depicting the night that we may have blurred out a bit.
So although the pictures are embarrassing, to me, it also shows that the athletes that are sometimes looked at as real life super heroes, are just like us once they step off that court. No mug shots, no police run ins, just some pictures of our favorite athletes looking like they had a few too many.
18 Dirk Nowitzki
Not going to profile the Germans here, but they are known for their beer expertise. Dirk Nowitzki looks like he may be a novice himself. Dirk has been known to unwind like the everyday man, and this is the perfect picture to show it.
On the court Dirk is an NBA MVP, NBA Championship winner, and to most, the greatest foreign born player in NBA history. Nowitzki is a 13-time NBA All-Star and has made over $245 million dollars in NBA contracts alone. Still, it looks like Dirk is not too good for what appears to be a lite beer in the picture.
17 Steve Nash
Not sure if Steve Nash was in the middle of a dance move or just went with a new pose for this picture, but it seems safe in assuming that he was enjoying a night out that resulted in a drunk photo.
The former back to back NBA MVP has stayed in the public eye since his retirement from the NBA. Nash has gone on to purchase steaks in soccer clubs and other ventures.. Soccer was his other love aside from the basket court. It is also assumed that Nash is a fun guy to have a night out with. Wonder how he and Dirk spent their days off while playing together in Dallas.
15 Tony Parker
There are plenty of pictures and stories circulating the internet of Tony Parker's partying ways. The 4 time NBA Champion and 2007 NBA Finals MVP can be seen here taking a picture with fans. Not sure if Parker himself will remember taking this picture but it looks like he made the night of these 3 ladies.
Parker has always had some high profile relationships, and breakups. The most famous was his marriage to Eva Longoria which lasted from 2007-2010. The two reportedly split over Parker and another of many alleged affairs. This one was said to be with former teammate Brent Barry's wife.
Parker is as consistent as they come on the court, but off the court he sure does lead an interesting life.
14 JR Smith
Surprised that the JR Smith picture we picked featured him with his shirt off? Smith was so active on social media and in the public eye during the Cleveland Cavaliers championship celebrations that it was hard to pick just one picture. It may be in simple fun or some may find it inappropriate but here is Smith showering one of his lady friends in alcohol in the midst of their extended celebrations. Barack Obama even joked he was happy to see JR wearing a shirt for the team's White House visit.
Not a Cavaliers fan, but a part of me wants to see JR Smith win another NBA Championships. We could all use an encore.
12 Joakim Noah
Not quite the squinty, end of he night look that most of the players are sporting throughout this list. Not sure if Joakim Noah has scored 2 ladies for the night or if he was just tired of posing for pictures, but his face sure does make this photo priceless.
The 6 foot 11 center has done it all throughout his basketball career. His prime may have been cut short to injuries and inconsistent play but Noah sports a decorated basketball resume. 2 time NCAA Champion, Final Four Most Outstanding Player, NBA All Defensive, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, NBA All Star, and All NBA.
11 James Harden
James Harden is no stranger to the paparazzi, the night life, or having his dating life in the public eye. Harden even has his jersey "retired" at a Houston strip club. That might be his most bizarre story, but there is also his dating history that includes Khloe Kardashian, Ashanti, Amber Rose, and Trina to name a few.
On the court, Harden has turned into a top 10 player in the league. After coming into the league and playing 3rd fiddle to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Harden took over the Houston Rockets and has them in position to be one of the few contenders entering the 2017-2018 season.
10 Baron Davis
The same relaxed look that so many of our inclusions are sporting. Baron Davis was one of the most explosive guards in the league during his prime. Relentless in going to the basket, but able to knock down the deep ball, Davis helped the Golden State Warriors to perhaps the biggest playoff series upset in league history when he helped lead them past the number 1 seed Dallas Mavericks.
Davis last played in the NBA in 2012 with the New York Knicks. During his playing career and now, Davis has been involved in the film industry. Due to various roles he is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
When he was off the court, or away from his film making, Davis looks to have enjoyed some late nights.
9 Mike Dunleavy
Some of the pictures on this list could possibly be misinterpreted, but chances are we know what is going here. Still with shot glass in hand, Mike Dunleavy looks like he has already busted through the buzzed and drunk thresholds. Lucky for Dunleavy, he may be the lowest profile player on our list, but being he had one of the better pictures during this research, he earned the right to have his picture honored on our list.
The NCAA Champion from Duke entered the league in 2002 and is still continuing his professional career. Last season Dunleavy spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks.
8 Allen Iverson
The stories of Allen Iverson and his entourage has been circulating ever since he entered the NBA. My favorite are the stories about him renting out TGI Fridays, and dropping upwards of 40 thousand per night at a chain restaurant. It wasn't just TGI Fridays, there are plenty of strip club stories to go along with Iverson as well. Matt Barnes even talks about how Iverson taught him the strip club life.
On the court, Iverson never gave less than 100 percent. Unfortunately his off the court issues always seemed to match or outweigh even his best accomplishments. The NBA MVP lived life to the fullest both on and off the court.
7 Raymond Felton
Raymond Felton seems to be in the ladder stages of a night out. Not sure if fans are posing for a picture or Felton is on his way for a hook up. Quite possibly, Felton is sure what's going on either. Its not secret that NBA players post some of the most incredible track records on hookup. That can be dated back to Wilt Chamberlains alleged 20,000 hook ups.
Felton was a top 5 NBA Draft pick following a NCAA Championship at the University of North Carolina. He has battled weight issues throughout his career, but has mostly served as a reliable point guard.
6 Michael Jordan
For an athlete and public figure that has a known gambling problem, has been rumored to sometimes party so hard he would show up to games still struggling to get sober (flu game?) and is always enjoying the finer things in life, we still don't think of that when we think Michael Jordan. It could be because he is the greatest basketball player of all time. It could also be his better than $1 billion dollar net worth, or maybe how he managed to make his name one of the biggest brands in the world. Whatever it is, it is nice to be reminded that even MJ goes out and enjoys a night out to the extent of the squinty eyes and cheesy smile.
4 Draymond Green
Another player that was very entertaining in both of his NBA Champion celebrations was Draymond Green. This photo is from a video interview during the 2014-2015 victory parade. Green gave one of the drunker interviews. The dialogue included mentions of the Cavaliers sucking, and a lot of YUPS and NOPES. It also started off which what seemed like an impromptu rap. Draymond managed to drop some memorable moments during the Warriors' 2016-2017 victory parade as well.
His partner in this video, Klay Thompson, is a never afraid to show his drinking side as well. We get to him next!
3 Klay Thompson
We have already taken a look at Klay Thompson's teammate Draymond Green. Now here is Klay. One half of the "Splash Bros", Thompsons is not afraid to let people know he enjoys ending down and enjoying a beer during his time away from the court. During this interview, Thompson can't help but take a sip, while preparing to answer the next question. We have also come across videos of Thompson enjoying his offseason following his second NBA Championship.
Klay is known across the league as an elite defender and of course one of the greatest shooters to ever play the game. His most exciting accomplishment was arguably his 37 points in 1 quarter.
2 Metta World Peace
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Metta World Peace is one of the most colorful characters in NBA history. On the court, he was a ferocious defender who often let his emotions get the best of him. Whether it was elbowing James Harden in the head, or chasing down a fan in the stands of a Pacers vs Pistons game, MWP has proven he has a short switch that flips with no pressure at all.
Off the court, MWP remains a bit of a mystery. There was an arrest and prison sentence in 2007, but the majority stems from basketball problems. It may not be as innocent as a night out, but MWP has also admitted to drinking Hennessy during his time with the Bulls. Then the time he wanted to leave the Pacers to promote his R&B album. Albeit, Metta World Peace enjoys his nights out as much as the next guy.
1 Blake Griffin
There weren't too many picture of Blake Griffin's night life floating around, but he sure did leave us with a gem. Griffin also seems like he would be a fun drinking buddy. From his commercials to his interviews, Griffin has expressed a one of a kind personality that possesses humor and just plain fun. Not sure if this night was a joke packed one, but the lady seen here seems to still be enjoying Griffin's company.
On the court, Griffin is one of the most exciting players in recent NBA history. He showcases athleticism out of the power forward positions that leaves fans and players in awe almost every night.