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 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.
15 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.
14 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.
13 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.
12 12. DO - Iverson Steps Over Lou
11 11. DON'T - The Punch
10 10. DO - NBA Cares
9 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.
8 8. DO - Team USA
7 7. DON'T - Metta World Peace Elbows James Harden
6 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.
5 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.
4 4. DO - Future Of The League
3 3. DON'T - Draymond Green's SnapChat Mistake
2 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.
1 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?
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