Friday, February 13, 2009

NBA All-Time All-Thug Team

With the NBA All-Star Weekend here, it got me pondering (as I do from time to time) who would I put on my All-Star team this season. With names like Ron Artest, Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace, I then thought who would I put on my All-Thug team? And it just grew from there. To make the team, my criteria is simple: not givin' an uck, keepin' it hood from the way they play the game to dealin' with the media and everything in between and of course, having enough skillz to be able to get away with it all. I got much love for the thugs. So here is my team:

At Point, can't have no one else but The Glove, Gary Payton.

{He's like the Martin Lawrence of the NBA. I actually like watching him, Chris Webber and Ahmad on NBA TV's Game Time more than TNT's Inside The NBA now cause of Gary & in Barkley's absence. Some of the best of this season's Inside came when he and Kenny went at it on who should be an all-star.  He's as opinionated as Charles Barkley, but more gutta.}

Shooting-guard, A.I., Allen Iverson.

{From bringin' the cornrows back to "practice", there is no question about The Answer being the All-Thug spokesman.}

At Small-forward, Ron Artest.

{Everyone has seen "The Brawl". Include applying for a job at Circuit City to get an employee discount to wearing different brand shoes throughout the 2004 All-Star Game, the man will probably go down in history as the greatest thug to lace up sneakers. And let's not forget, fellow blogger.}

Power-forward, Charles Oakley.

{The Oak Tree holds it down as probably the greatest enforcer of all-time. From protecting Michael Jordan to even Patrick Ewing (and pimpin' Scottie Pippen above) to punching then-Clipper Jeff McInnis in the face...during the morning shootarounds, no one ever crossed Oak. And now a cooking show.}

Center, Rasheed Wallace.

{From rockin' the Air Force 1's before it was the thing to leading the league in technical fouls for almost a decade, Sheed is like no other. Don't forget when he threw a towel in the face of then-teammate Arvydas Sabonis face during a timeout on national TV for accidentally elbowing Rasheed.}

I had a tough time with the 6th Man. I narrowed it down between Isaiah "Weezy" Rider, Latrell "Literal Choker-Spinners-Feed His Family" Sprewell and Shawn "400lb. Baby Daddy" Kemp.

And of course you need a coach. Even though he never coached a single game in the pros, who is better, in fact some say invented the art form of crazy interviews, than The General (who despite what is believed, he is really just a sweetheart).

{They left one gem out.}

Now you may be asking, what does this post have to do with Getdownnn? 5 of the 8 players have rap songs. Can you name the 5 players correctly?



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