NBA players are people too. While sometimes it feels as though players like LeBron James or Tim Duncan seem to be the perfect embodiment of how an NBA star should act, there are plenty of scenarios of players getting into some pretty sticky situations, funny or not. While some players have more sense of humor than others, the league has been filled with guys who knew how to get into the headlines with things other than there play on the court. The life of an NBA player is much more than just practice and play, as players from all around the league have had some crazy things happen to them during their time in the league.
In this article, we will be looking at 15 craziest facts and incidents involving NBA superstars. Ranging from eating McDonald's with carjackers to pulling a gun on a teammate, the NBA is full of crazy stories as much more happens off the court than many people know about.
As always, feel free to leave any comments you have on this matter in the comment section below, as we would love to hear any other crazy NBA stories you are aware of.
Here are the top 15 craziest stories of NBA superstars.
15 Lou Williams Eats McDonald's With Car Jacker
Lou Williams is a popular player in the league, as he is a Sixth Man of The Year award winner and has been one of the best bench players in the league for years due to his ability to fill it up on any given night. His fame in the league ended up coming in handy in a big way, as Lou once recollected on an old story of his time in Philadelphia. He said that he arrived to a man trying to hijack his car, however after the car thief saw whose car he was trying to hijack, he instantly stopped as he was in awe of Williams. The two then went out to eat McDonald's together, as Williams was nice enough to let the guy off the hook. Nice thing to do for a fan I guess?
14 Delonte West Was Caught Ridin' Dirty
Delonte West is one of the more interesting players to ever enter the National Basketball Association. While he never was one of the most talented players on the court, many fans of the NBA are aware of his name, due to his ability to get into headlines for reasons other than his basketball play. West is infamous for the alleged rumors that he had relations with his teammate LeBron James' mother, Gloria Marie James. While having relations with the mother of one of the greatest players of all-time is crazy enough in itself, it is still just a pretty funny rumor at this point.
What isn't a rumor, is the fact that Delonte was arrested for having a shotgun that he put in a guitar case that he slung over his back as he was riding a three-wheeled motorcycle.
13 Metta World Peace Has Fun With Jimmy Kimmel
Metta World Peace, formally known as Ron Artest, is easily one of the craziest players to ever enter the NBA, as he has many stories of him that can attest to that. Peace was still a relevant player in the league during 2011, which is why he was even allowed to be on Jimmy Kimmel in the first place. Peace was poking fun at an ESPN story written by Bill Simmons related on Kimmel's show earlier in the month as apparently Peace hopped onto a team bus in his underwear as he raced not to be late. Metta then came onto Jimmy Kimmel in nothing but his boxers, which was definitely a surprise to the many people in the crowd who came to see the Lakers player.
12 Michael Beasley Smokes Weed At Rookie Symposium
Michael Beasley was drafted with the 2nd pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, as he was supposed to be one of the most dominant scorers in the league was he filled out his potential. Sadly, Beasley is considered a bust by many as he never turned out to be the high volume scorer many scouts thought he would be. His career didn't get off to a great start however, which may have been the reason his career didn't pan out right. After being drafted, NBA rookies have to attend a rookie symposium, which is meant to help the players adjust to NBA life. Beasley was fined $50,000 however, as he was caught smoking weed with fellow NBA players Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur and two women in one of the hotel rooms. Was it a sign to come for the Heat? Maybe they should have traded him when he still had high stock in the league.
11 Gilbert Arenas Has A Shootaround Of His Own
Gilbert Arenas and his famous incident involving guns shocked the basketball world, as he really was one of the most dominant players in the league for a short amount of time. While many people are aware he had an incident involving guns, the story is still unknown to most. Apparently the incident started over a card game on the plane ride home from a loss between Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton. The millionaires were arguing over $1,100, which eventually made Arenas say his infamous line "I play with guns."
The next day in the team's locker room, Arenas told Javaris to choose which gun he wanted to get shot with, which prompted Javaris to turn around and point his already loaded pistol at the Wizards star. Caron Butler helped defuse the situation, as it easily could have gone down as one of the worst moments in NBA history.
10 Charles Barkley Ruins Little Girl's Night
Charles Barkley was one and is still to this day one of the league's most colorful personalities. Never afraid to say what's on his mind, as is evident of his recent feud with LeBron James, "Sir Charles" is one of the league's most enthralling former players. One of Barkley's most interesting moments comes from 1991, as Barkley ended up ruining a little girl's night completely by accident. Apparently during one of his games, Barkley was being heckled with racist comments, which must have gotten Charles so mad he decided to spit at the fan. Sadly, the spit veered off missing the racist and nailing a little girl. Charles if you are going to be spitting into the crowd, make sure to hit the person you want because no one wants to be spit on for no reason at the game, okay?
9 Latrell Sprewell Chokes His Own Coach
Latrell Sprewell could have been so much more than what he panned out to be, as he had the talent to really be something special in the league. It's important to have a healthy coach and player relationship to be successful in the league, and that's just something Latrell Sprewell and coach P.J. Carlesimo didn't have. The incident happened in December of 1997, as the two got into a pretty serious altercation at a Golden State Warrior team practice. P.J. recently reflected on the incident, saying he did not know what spurred Latrell to start saying he was going to kill him and then actually choking him before being restrained by other members of the practice. After being escorted out of practice, it was a surprise to many that Sprewell returned just 20 minutes later, acting like nothing ever happened.
8 Dennis Rodman Befriends Dictator Kim Jong-Un
Dennis Rodman is by far one of the most bizarre players in all of the history of the league, which is still respectable due to his excellent hustle and play on the court throughout his playing days on championship teams. Based on his antics throughout his career such as dying his hair different colors, if any player would end up befriending a foreign dictator, Dennis Rodman would be that guy. Rodman made headlines as he was openly associating and hanging out with Kim Jong-Un, as he even said he was a "friend for life" with the ruthless dictator. I really miss the Rodman who was grabbing 16 boards a game on the Bulls, as I'm not a big fan of his friendship with North Korea's dictator.
7 A Game 7 For Kevin Garnett Is War
Kevin Garnett is one of a kind. Easily one of the most interesting characters to ever enter the NBA, Kevin Garnett's void cannot be filled. From crawling on the court like a dog to blowing in an opponent's face, Garnett has done some seriously crazy things during a game. However a moment that happened off the court made him look the most mentally unstable, as it came before a Game 7 during the 2004 NBA playoffs. During an interview, Garnett went on to say, "This is it. This is all the marbles. I'm sittin' in the house, I'm loadin' up the pump. I'm loadin' up the Uzi, I got a couple M-16s, couple nines, got a couple joints with some silencers on 'em, I'm just loadin' up clips. Got a couple grenades, couple missile launchers, with, you know, a couple missiles. I'm ready for war."
You would never ever hear an NBA player today say something like this, which makes this a crazier moment in the basketball world.
6 Lance Stephenson Blows In LeBron's Ear
Lance Stephenson managed to make headlines all over the sports world, after his decision to blow into the ear of the greatest basketball player in the world, LeBron James. The Pacers were one of the best teams in the league in 2014, which is why this infamous moment happened in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. Lance Stephenson was a key player on the Pacers team, and he took it into his own hands in getting into the head of the Heat's best player. The blowing into the ear has been seen by millions of people, as it became the template for many hilarious memes. You have to respect someone like Lance doing something like that to King James, who could only laugh like "are you serious?"
5 J.R. Smith Chokes Teen
J.R. Smith has had his run ins with problems off of the court, however this incident that happened a few years ago was probably the most serious. The altercation happened outside of Artichoke Basille’s Pizza around 4 in the morning in New York City. Apparently a teenage boy was mocking Smith for being traded to the Cavaliers, which got Smith so angry he started to choke the young man. No charges were filed originally, however a few weeks later the boy sued J.R. for a whopping $2.5 million. Smith ended up winning the case, as apparently it was just a cash grab from the start according to Smith's attorneys. The teen allegedly said "that's why you got kicked out of New York," this must have really struck a cord with Smith, as an altercation ensued quickly after.
4 Ricky Davis Shoots On Own Basket To Complete Triple-Double
This one if just down right ridiculous, as it really does show how important stats are to some players. Ricky Davis obviously isn't an NBA legend, however he was one of the best players on the Cavaliers during their awful days before drafting LeBron James. This crazy play happened in March of of 2003, as the Cavaliers led the Utah Jazz by 25 with 6 seconds left in the game. Davis was just one rebound short of a triple-double, so he collected the inbound pass from his teammate at half court and went to his own basket and purposely missed the shot, corralling his 10th rebound. However the rebound didn't even end up counting as you can't get a rebound from shooting on your own basket.
3 Michael Jordan Wears #12 For One Game
Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time. He was the biggest star in all of sports during his playing days. His iconic number #23 has now been worn by NBA players due to the impact he has on basketball players all over the world. Why do you think LeBron wears that number today?
However, you can find some photos of Jordan wearing number #12 for some reason, and no, it's not photoshop. Before a game on Valentine's Day, someone stole Jordan's jersey from the team's locker room, which prompted Jordan to have to wear number #12 instead of his iconic number #23. If anybody believes in lucky numbers, MJ did his best that night to put that belief to rest. Jordan ended up scoring 49 points that game...greatness at its finest.
2 Pete Maravich Predicts His Own Death
"Pistol" Pete Maravich is easily one of the greatest scorers in the history of basketball, as he was a smooth shooter from anywhere on the court. He was a prolific scorer at LSU, and continued his dominance at the NBA level as he dominated opponents as he filled up the scoring sheet night after night. However maybe there was something more to Pete than just his excellent basketball skills, as he possibly had a secret gift of predicting the future.
Back when Maravich was 25 years old, he told reporter Andy Nuzzo that he "didn't want to play 10 years [referring to playing in NBA] and then die of a heart attack when I'm 40." Scarily enough however, Pete Maravich died of a heart attack when he was 40 years of age, playing 10 years in the league.
1 The Malice At The Palace
This infamous event is definitely one of the craziest stories in all of NBA history. The fight happened on November 19, 2004, happening between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers. The game was basically over, as the Pacers had a sizeable lead against the Pistons with about a minute left, when Ben Wallace was fouled by Ron Artest on a layup. Not liking the foul, Wallace went up to Artest, punching him in the throat as the two pushed their way over to the scorers table. The teams scuffled for a bit until Ron Artest leaped into the crowd, fighting the fans.
Stephen Jackson also hopped into the crowd, as it just got uglier and uglier from there. The game couldn't be finished due to the brutal nature of the event, as it was one of the worst/craziest moments in all of the NBA.