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
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.
13 Metta World Peace Has Fun With Jimmy Kimmel
12 Michael Beasley Smokes Weed At Rookie Symposium
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."
10 Charles Barkley Ruins Little Girl's Night
9 Latrell Sprewell Chokes His Own Coach
8 Dennis Rodman Befriends Dictator Kim Jong-Un
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."
6 Lance Stephenson Blows In LeBron's Ear
5 J.R. Smith Chokes Teen
4 Ricky Davis Shoots On Own Basket To Complete Triple-Double
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?
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.
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.
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