Throughout the year, NBA players are surrounded by cameras. Being in front of a camera comes with the territory of the job. During the season, players are getting their picture taken on a nightly basis, and most of the time it is for serious purposes. Often, cameras can be annoying when they are constantly around. This rings especially true for those who are well-beloved players, or even stars in the league. Many times, stars can be put off by the number of pictures taken or asked of them. When players are around family, however, the nature of the photos is often in a lighter mood.
NBA players have lives outside of the league, and many have families they are supporting. At times, these players show a different side they are allowed to portray on the court while being surrounded by loved ones. Off the court, NBA players are able to be themselves. Even if that means caught on camera doing something others may find ridicule in.
Here, we will take a look at 15 NBA players who have showed their funny side in photographs with any member of their family. Whether it is just one other family member or a whole family reunion picture, it will count as long as the photo has some element of humor.
15 LeBron James
This photo was meant to be funny, so even if isn't in the eyes of many, we'll let it slide on this list. LeBron James and his family had this picture taken after a haunted house.
The person behind the mask has probably had to do this pose with a countless number of families.
But has anyone of LeBron James stature been so defiant and confronting while doing the first pose? The second photo almost looks like as if it was taken to let everyone know the man holding the knife was okay after the interaction, rather than the other way around.
14 Kyle Lowry And Demar Derozan
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan should never be required to conduct an interview without each other. Their press conference chemistry and antics are genuine and enjoyable. In this particular interview, the Raptors' stars had their children present after a playoff victory. Both children were relatively unnoticeable in terms of the interview, as they provided zero distraction. This photo did take place after a funny moment in the press conference, however, as Kyle's son was caught sucking his thumb by DeMar's daughter. The two shared this facial exchange, which was caught right on camera.
13 Dwyane Wade
The Wade family definitely have a lot of love for each other, as seen in this photo. But Dwyane Wade may look at at his one of his sons with a less playful eye after he threw some shade at his dad with a sideline reporter. In an interview with Rachel Nichols, Zaire Wade took the opportunity to poke fun at his father. After mentioning how Dwyane Wade was able to get up for a couple of dunks, despite having 33-year-old legs, Nichols asked Wade about his biggest critic regarding his in-game dunking ability.
Zaire admitted he is usually not impressed with his dad's dunks.
We're sure he didn't mean to disrespect the future hall of fame shooting guard, who happened to be his old man. Zaire quickly tried to save himself, referring to that night's dunk as "clutch", before all three awkwardly shared a laugh. The full interview, and dunks, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDcdLx_mENw. Wade seems to have gotten over it though, as seen in this playful (and somewhat embarrassing) photo with his children.
12 J.R. Smith
Any photo that is taken by J.R. Smith after the annual three drug tests administered by the NBA has a chance to be hilarious. Although it is unknown exactly if this photo took place before or after those tests, there is a small chance Smith may be taking a car selfie with his family while being in an altered state. What makes this photo more interesting is that everyone seems to be looking at the camera, but one of his daughters seem to be fascinating with something else going on. Does not knowing what is going on while everyone else is aware run in the family?
11 Chris Paul
This photo sums up Chris Paul and his family image very well. In a Mother's Day post on Instagram in May 2016, Paul shared this silly family photo to show appreciation for wife Jada Crawley. The caption read " I never knew that one of the sexiest attributes I would find in you was watching you be a MOTHER to our kids! #HappyMothersDay" Their two kids, Christopher and Camryn Alexis Paul, have two very different ideas of what a humorous face would be for a family photo. Meanwhile, their parents are both sporting similar poses.
10 Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose and his son at the podium is an all-time press conference moment. Before there was Riley Curry, there was PJ Rose. After a game four loss in the second round to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls' star addressed the media with some help. Throughout the five minute interview, you can see the progression of how bored PJ is sitting next to his father. After about three minutes, PJ starts trying to have a conversation with his dad while reporters are throwing questions their way. After Rose had to ignore his son to focus on a question, PJ showed his displeasure with the situation, resulting in this expressive photo.
9 Gordon Hayward
I mean, any old photo of Gordon Hayward seems to be funny. Hayward is the type of guy everyone would see thirty of in school. There is a reason only Brad Stevens was recruiting the Celtic star at such a young age. He was just a regular kid who played basketball and video games in his spare time at the time of this photo.
Hayward's twin sister, Heather, has gone on record stating that her brother was highly protective growing up.
So much so, that Heather has mentioned that boys were afraid to even approach here, due to the fear that her skinny framed brother would cause to those approaching his sister.
8 The Gasols
Two of the Gasol brothers are together in this photo, as they're missing Marc. You can tell how often this happen based on the confused look Adria has on his face as it is happening. The younger brother, Adria Gasol, is positioned to seem much shorter than his NBA older brother Pau. In reality, the smallest brother stands 6' 9", which still comes up short to both of his siblings, but much larger than perceived here. Once this photo was shared, Twitter started making a comparison to how similar the young Gasol's face resembles Marc's teammate, Mike Conley. Adria Gasol, was a walk-on for the UCLA Bruins in 2012.
7 Lopez Twins
Everyone hopefully has a photo like this sitting in their attic or somewhere in our memories. This is the pinnacle of old family photos, as the two NBA big man, Robin and Brook Lopez, can be seen posing at a young age with Minnie Mouse. Judging by the date in the corner, this photo was taken when the twins were just six years old, and almost the size of whoever is standing in the costume already. There fondness of Disney has even continued into adulthood, as the two have made it clear their love for the movies amongst teammates and fans.
6 Steve Nash
If you're a Lakers fan, does this photo of Steve Nash make you wonder how much strain he is putting on his back in this picture, and how often this happened? This photo was taken during his last year in Phoenix, and features all three of the former MVP's children taking a walk. Nash was 37 years old in this photo, which seems unbelievable. This quick snapshot does not look like anyone who belongs in the best basketball league, much less than one of the best point guards of all time. Here, Nash looks the part of a old man, and played the part after getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
5 Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony and his family, wife La La, and son, Kiyan, are unveiling a wax model of Melo himself. This is exactly what you would expect Carmelo Anthony to do. The wax sculpture is weird, but everyone seems to be wildly impressed and happy with it. If you take a closer look at the picture, the funniest part is the ball used. Remember that?
The 2006-2007 season had the ball forced upon it, and was universally rejected.
It was the second time in 60 years the official game ball was changed, and was changed just months later. That would mean, this big unveiling of a wax sculpture could have been made in that brief time, making it inaccurate just months after.
4 Russell Westbrook
When it comes to Halloween costumes, this beekeeper suit that Russell Westbrook can be seen wearing is one the best. NBA stars do not treat customers for Halloween as serious as Westbrook does here. Russ, the league's most feared player for his height, looks like he's about to fend off thousands (hundreds?) of bees all in a days work. This was the first Halloween that Russell and Nina Westbrook were joined by someone else, Noah, who was enjoying the holiday for the first time. Seeing the Westbrook family as loving and smiling bees or beekeepers in this picture is heartwarming as it is funny to see.
3 Giannis Antetokounmpo
In this photo, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers were sitting courtside for a game. This picture perfectly shows how exciting it must be for the siblings to experience this new change, with all three showing vastly different ways of expressing what just happened. Of course, it is rather easy to pick out reactions from certain events and find even funnier pictures of stunned fans than these ones. Very rarely does a photo catch these emotions from a family that has a possibility of sending multiple siblings to the NBA however. One of the brothers pictured, Kostas Antetokoumpo, has the ability to join his two older brothers in playing professionally this summer during the 2018 NBA Draft.
2 Stephen Curry
These outfits are just ugly. Two time MVP, Steph Curry, definitely has more fashion on a day to day basis then scene in this holiday photo with his family. Well, with how his Under Armour shoes have come out recently, it may not be much as much as a foregone conclusion. Here, Riley Curry is stealing the spotlight with her usual charm and hilarious antics, and all her famous father can do is look on with an expression that says "It is what it is". Riley has served to make the press conferences something to look forward too, and is absolutely adorable as almost an extension of her father on the podium.
1 Lonzo Ball
The Ball family, headed by father LaVar and made famous by the Los Angeles Laker's Lonzo Ball, have become a bit of a side show in the media. That is of course putting it lightly. LaVar recently made headlines for angered the leader of the United States, who apparently played a role in freeing his son from custody overseas. Beyond that one incident, Ball Sr. has gone to great lengths to compare his sons to legends, saying that they would beat them one on one. This photo of Ball Sr. with his other boys is one of the rare moments where they were all likely sitting together and not causing a media uproar to unfold.