The National Basketball Association is one of the greatest sports organizations in the entire world. From being involved in countless charity events to having some of the worlds greatest athletes wear their iconic uniforms, the NBA has done a great job of keeping their image clean and being a positive influence on millions of lives. With all of the good that the NBA brings there are also some negatives, and as people have said for years now, "a picture is worth a thousand words."
While there are a multitude of photos the NBA would love for it's fans to see, there are also some moments in the league's long history guys like Adam Silver, the commissioner of the league, would not want people like you to ever see. However in the modern time we live in today, once a photo is taken and put on the internet, there's nothing an organization such as the NBA can do to stop it from being seen.
In this article, we will be looking at 8 photos the NBA wants you too see, and 7 photos that they don't want you too see. As always, feel free to leave any comments you have on this in the comment section below, as we would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Here are 8 Photos The NBA Wants You Too See And 7 They Don't.
16 DO - Wilt's 100 Point Night
Easily one of the most iconic photos in all of sports, Wilt Chamberlain's historic night where he scored 100 points was captured in a photo NBA officials are not embarrassed about people seeing. Wilt Chamberlain was one of the greatest NBA players of all time, and on March 2nd, 1962, Wilt did something that no one thought would ever happen, as he ended up scoring 100 points against the New York Knicks.
There is almost no video of the game, however the Warriors PR manager, Harvey Pollack scribbled "100" on a piece of paper, gave it to Chamberlain, and had Paul Vathis take the iconic photo. A moment of improvisation from Pollack turned into one of the greatest photos in all of sports. Nowadays, it probably would have been typed on a smartphone.
15 DON'T - Doctor J Vs. Bird
Julius Erving and Larry Bird are some of the greatest NBA legends of all-time. The 80s was a great time in the history of basketball, and these were two of the guys help leading that charge in what some say was the golden age of basketball. Both of these players were highly respected, and were players who didn't seem to get into many scraps with their opponents. The two legends matched up in a highly anticipated game that was played on November 9th, 1984, as the Sixers, led by Erving, and the Celtics, led by Bird, squared up against each other. The two were trash talking all game, however in the third quarter things got ugly.
As a fight broke out between the two, someone captured a photo that shows the worst in both NBA legends, both believed to be class acts throughout their careers.
14 DO - Jordan's Flu Game
Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals was one of the most memorable games of Michael Jordan’s storied career. At 2 am on the morning of the game, Jordan called his trainer from the fetal position as he sweated profusely. The team said there was no way Jordan would be able to play, as he most likely had food poisoning from the night before. The Jazz held the momentum having won two games in a row, which tied the series at 2-2. Knowing his team needed their leader, Jordan got out of bed to play in the game at 5:30 pm for a 7 o’clock tip off, only an hour and a half before the game.
Jordan was visibly weak, but his greatness could not be oppressed by his illness, as he scored 38 points in the Bulls’ 90-88 victory over the Jazz. After the game, MJ collapsed into teammate Scottie Pippen’s arms, a photo that symbolizes one of the greatest NBA athletic performances of all time.
13 DON'T - Starks Gives The Finger
John Starks is beloved by Knicks fans everywhere. One of the reasons being he really didn't care what anybody thought about him. This is a great example of that, as he gave the crowd a nice middle finger after walking back to the bench during a game against the Miami Heat in 1997. The NBA definitely does not want it' players giving the finger to the fans during any type of event, and you couldn't see any players in this day in age doing anything like this.
Fans that attended this game in Miami probably didn't expect to get the finger from one of the opposing players, as this moment went down as something the league would like fans to forget. Luckily for Starks, social media wasn't around at the time.
12 DO - Iverson Steps Over Lou
The NBA definitely is not ashamed of this moment, as even though it was a disrespectful moment, it's easily one of the greatest moments in the history of basketball. This moment happened during Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals, as a hot Iverson scored 48 points en route to a Sixers victory against the extremely dominant Lakers team. While the 48 point performance was memorable, his play against Tyronn Lue will go down in the history books. His step back shot led to Lue reaching out and falling on the ground, however once Iverson hit the shot, he stepped over Lue in the play that defines Iverson’s Hall of Fame career. Fortunately for Lue, the Lakers would come back to win the next four, which probably helped him get over this humiliating moment.
11 DON'T - The Punch
During the 70s, fighting in the NBA was a much more regular occurrence than it is today. Each team had an enforcer or two, who was ready to throw hands each night in order to give their team a physical edge over their opponent, while nowadays guys like Stephen Curry can dominate the game from just shooting three after three after three. While there has been many fights throughout the NBA's long history, December 9th, 1977 was a day that will live on in infamy. Kermit Washington laid one of the nastiest punches in sports on Rudy Tomjanovich. A fight broke out between Washington's teammates, and Rudy came in to break up the fight. However Washington was not having it and put Rudy on his back after the punch, The blow shattered Tomjanovich's jaw and face and inflicted life-threatening head injuries, leaving him sidelined for five months.
10 DO - NBA Cares
The NBA definitely wants to make it known that they care about issues in the world. The league has done a fantastic job with charity events all around the globe, and involving the players in local events really can make a huge difference in peoples lives. This photo here shows star player Dwight Howard smiling and passing out Thanksgiving food to hungry families. This is for sure a picture the NBA wouldn't mind people seeing, as it shows one of it's star players doing something awesome that warms the heart of anybody looking at it. There are countless images of NBA stars working with NBA Cares and the NBA obviously wants every single one of them to be visible to the public. You don't have to look very far for them.
9 DON'T - LeBron James Shows More Than Expected
LeBron James is one of the greatest NBA players of all-time, and has done nothing to ever besmirch the name of the league. He's about as squeaky clean as it gets for a superstar athlete. However during Game 4 of last years epic finals rematch involving the Cavaliers and the Warriors, the ABC network accidentally aired LeBron James' manhood to the world, as they recorded him adjusting his shorts during a timeout.
Obviously people were not expecting to see something like this from one of the world's greatest athletes during a game, and the NBA definitely wishes the camera was looking at something else when King James decided to adjust his pants. As the playoffs draw near, the NBA is probably sending a message to ABC to be sure to record LeBron from the chest up.
8 DO - Team USA
The Olympics is a very proud time for the NBA, as the United States Basketball team consists of only players from the league and is easily the most dominant teams in the tournament most of the time. Blowing out country after country on their way to the gold, Team USA is really something special to watch, as the greatest players from all around the country get to show their talent on the same court together. This photo shows four NBA legends, yes even Carmelo can be considered a legend, together on the court all wearing the nation's red, white, and blue on their way to another victory. The NBA loves having its players represent the country in fantastic wins during the Olympics. They sure aren't sweating the 2020 games.
7 DON'T - Metta World Peace Elbows James Harden
I remember watching this moment and becoming sick to my stomach as Metta World Peace cocked back his elbow and drilled it into the side of James Harden's head. It was a bad look for the league as World Peace really just looked like a thug on this play, making people wonder how someone like him could make such a name for himself in the National Basketball Association. It was one of the more vicious attacks we have seen from a player on the court, as it kind of just came out of nowhere as World Peace elbowed Harden incredibly hard in the head as the two crossed each other near the basket. A bad moment for basketball indeed, and a bad moment for sports in general as well.
6 DO - The Free Throw Line Dunk
Michael Jordan makes another appearance on this list, which probably shouldn't be very surprising due to the fact that MJ became one of the most popular and beloved athletes in the history of the world, as he shed a positive light on the league every night he played due to his excellent abilities on the court. One of these examples comes from his iconic free throw line dunk during the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest.
Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins had a epic battle during the contest, however Jordan clinched the win by running and jumping all the way from the free throw line almost gliding through the air as he dunked the ball in. Making for a very iconic photo, this moment will go down in NBA history.
5 DON'T - Tim Donaghy
Definitely a referee the NBA wished they never hired, Tim Donaghy gambled and fixed multiple games throughout his career as a ref, including Game 6 of the 2002 NBA Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings. Donaghy served 15 months in federal prisons and a halfway house for his offenses, making it one of the worst scandals in the history of the league.
The NBA doesn't want anything to do with Donaghy at this point, and would like people to forget anything that has to due with the crooked official. Donaghy published a book back in 2009 called Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal That Rocked the NBA which has a lot of dirt on personalities around the league including David Stern. That's definitely be something they don't want you to see either.
4 DO - Future Of The League
This could become an iconic NBA photo in 10 years, as this photo shows the youth and future of the league with Brandon Ingram, Ben Simmons, and Kris Dunn. There was much excitement around this past year's draft class as many thought some of the league's next superstars were coming into the league. Sadly, this season none of these players have had great seasons, as Brandon Ingram is not yet the Kevin Durant like scoring machine they thought he would be, Ben Simmons hasn't played a game yet, and Kris Dunn definitely won't be winning the Rookie of the Year award like some thought he would. This picture still draws some excitement to the league, as these young players still all have chances to be the next Durant, LeBron, and Westbrook of the NBA.
3 DON'T - Draymond Green's SnapChat Mistake
Draymond Green accidentally made a huge mistake last July, as he accidentally posted a pretty private photo on his SnapChat story, meaning everyone who follows Green on SnapChat got to see something that was meant for a certain woman, not his thousands and thousands of followers. Green originally said that he was hacked, however he then went on to say it was just a mistake that he obviously didn't want to put on his story. The NBA definitely wasn't happy about this, as many kids clicked on Green's story expecting to maybe see him lounging by the pool or hanging out with Steph Curry during the off-season, but they saw more than they wanted to. I knew the SnapChat story option was too close to the best friend list!
2 DO - LeBron And The Kids
LeBron James is without a doubt one of the most popular human beings in the entire world. He has been in the spotlight since being a teenager in high school, and the kid from Akron has handled everything incredibly well as he has been an amazing ambassador for the National Basketball Association. LeBron is looked up to by millions of people all around the world, and he hasn't really done anything to tarnish his or the league he plays for name, expect maybe for joining the Heat but all is forgiven now hopefully.
This photo shows the affect a man like LeBron can have on a community, which is a great look for the league as their star player for the last decade is doing much more than just being great on the court.
1 DON'T - Malice At The Palace
Easily one of the most shameful, disgraceful, and worst moments in NBA history, the Malice At The Palace as it is now called was a night the NBA would like fans to forget. 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.
This photo depicts Artest being held back by a teammate after the brawl, as Artest's jersey is stretched out from wrestling with fans in the seats. Who would have thought that NBA players would end up in the stands fighting the opposing fans?