The NBA is one of the biggest sports leagues in the world, and I have been a fan for nearly three decades.
1. Rudy Gobert Makes Fun of the Coronavirus
While the Coronavirus may not be the disease that wipes out the human race, it is still a variation of the normal flu and is still quite contagious.
Unfortunately, Rudy Gobert made light of the pandemic and touched microphones as well as equipment owned by reporters.
While in his mind he was just being playful, Gobert was a tad irresponsible.
It is even a possibility that he may have infected teammate Donovan Mitchell.
This strained their relationship.
The last game before the suspension was the Utah Jazz versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game did not even commence as the game was stopped once Gobert tested positive for the virus.
While it is not Gobert's sole fault that the NBA season was suspended, he will be known as the man that ruined the 2020–2021 season.
If the season never resumed, he would have been known as the man who ended the 2020–2021 season.
2. J.R. Smith Zones Out of the NBA Finals
J.R. Smith is an extremely athletic and talented player. However, he does not have the highest basketball IQ and tends to zone out a lot. Whether this is due to the effects of drinking too much Hennessy or smoking too much medicinal herbs, it is inexcusable for someone who is paid millions of dollars to not be aware of basic things like the shot clock, game clock and box score.
This is especially true if you are playing on the biggest stage of them all: the NBA Finals.
There is simply no excuse for a 14-season veteran to make such a simple mistake.
Here is the gist of what happened. With about four seconds left in regulation, J.R. Smith comes up with the ball, and instead of shooting or passing to a teammate, he dribbles out the clock thinking they were in the lead. LeBron tries to alert J.R. and he passes the ball to George Hill and his shot promptly gets blocked.
LeBron then chides J.R. Smith for his mistake. This has become an NBA meme.
3. Nick Young Celebrates Too Early
Nick Young is an athletic player and has offensive talent, but he was never efficient and was a liability at the defensive end.
"Don't count your chickens until they hatch" is an old adage. This means that you do not chalk up something as accomplished even before you accomplish it.
This is true with this famous Nick Young moment that has since been turned into a meme.
Young was feeling like Steph Curry one day and shot a three-pointer and celebrated too early.
The ball was seemingly going it but it went out.
Amusingly, Curry became guilty of this same thing years later.
4. Latrell Sprewell Rejects a 3-Year, $21 Million Offer
The Golden State Warriors before the Steph Curry era were a terrible drafting team. They missed out on players such as Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant because of poor draft choices. Latrell Sprewell was a steal for them as the 24th pick of the 1992 NBA Draft.
Sprewell's selection immediately paid dividends for the Warriors as he has averages of over 15 points, three and a half rebounds and three and a half assists.
Sprewell developed into a star for the Warriors, but his time was cut short when he choked P.J. Carlesimo. He was then traded to the New York Knicks.
Sprewell helped power the Knicks to the 1999 Finals where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
After five seasons with the Knicks, he was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With the Wolves, he formed a big three with Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell. This group reached as far as the Western Conference Finals.
When it was time to renew, the Wolves offered Spree a three-year, $21 million contract extension.
He declined and said "I have a family to feed."
From then on, no NBA team decided to sign Spree and his career promptly ended.
He has since fallen on hard times and has lost his houses and his yacht.
5. Chris Andersen Ruins the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest
A young Chris Andersen looks like a young Matt Riddle and also has the same herb-smoking habit.
It is not clear if Anderson had too much of a good thing and was high as a kite or was simply unlucky with his 32 missed dunk attempts.
He wasted so much time that the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest dragged on and on.
The announcers were having a good time at Andersen's expense and LeBron James, Shawn Marion and Gilbert Arenas can be seen chuckling at Andersen's ineptitude.
This was capped by the Houston Rockets mascot Clutch looking embarrassed and dismayed at Andersen's underwhelming performance.
© 2020 Jan Michael Ong
Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2020:
Yes Dora it makes no sense these highly paid players seem to zone out a lot of times. They are lucky to even get a slot in the NBA.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 22, 2020:
Thanks for these reminders that in every situation alertness, a sense of responsibility and consideration for the outcome are always necessary. Life is serious even when we're having fun.