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An affirmation for today's NBA pros


What happened to the NBA I used to know? A league where the game was bigger than the players themselves. Because all I see now is a league full of prima-donnas and athletes who have allowed their own minor celebrity status to overshadow what the deliver on the court

Frankly, it sickens me. Recent examples of their growing  egos (read: stupidity) include Gilbert Arenas packing heat in his locker and LeBron James' "Decision." Now there's John Wall. And the Dougie. What the heck is that and what does it have to do with basketball? The dance comes from a song called Teach Me How to Dougie by Cali Swag District. But Wall throws in a few moves — involving turning his right arm in a bicep "flex", then rotating his hand out — from a dance called "The John Wall Dance" which he fine-tuned during his (brief) time at the University of Kentucky. There's no denying Wall, the No.1 pick in last year's NBA draft, has the potential to be a great NBA player. But in his home debut he performs this ridiculous routine that ends up with him looking like a bar-hopping extra from Jersey Shore.

Even at the absolute height of their own greatness in the NBA, you would never see this sort of childish behaviour from Jordan, Magic, Kareem, Dr. J.

Just play the game and leave the theatrics to the actors and real celebrities. If not, you run the risk of ending up like Allen Iverson, who, at last report, was trying to learn Turkish for "pass me the rock."

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