NBA koripalloilijat nousussa ja laskussa TOP-20 by Google Search Top-20 koripallopelaajaa (hakujen mukaan)

  1. Lamar Odom
  2. LeBron James
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Michael Jordan
  5. Kevin Durant
  6. Ryan Anderson
  7. Greg Oden
  8. Derrick Rose
  9. Shaquille O’Neal
  10. Allen Iverson
  11. Dwayne Wade
  12. Charles Barkley
  13. Carmelo Anthony
  14. Dwight Howard
  15. Magic Johnson
  16. Stephon Marbury
  17. Jeremy Lin
  18. Blake Griffin
  19. Chris Paul
  20. Tracy McGrady

#1 Lamar Odom: Google listaa top-20 listaa monelta alalta ja myös koripalloilijat ovat hyvin edustettuina omana listanaan. Voisi kuvitella että LeBron James tai Kobe Bryant olisi ykköstiloilla, mutta ykköstilan on valloittanut ikitaistelija Lamar Odom joka tällä hetkellä kamppailee aivan muiden juttujen kanssa kuin koripalloon liittyvien. Viimeisin keino Odomin vaimolta oli leikata luottokortit kahtia pitääkseen 208cm pitkän palloilijan kaidalla tiellä. – Khloe Kardashian Cuts Off Lamar Odom’s Credit Cards; NBA Star Pawning Jewelry For Crack?

#7 Greg Oden: Myös listan #7 Greg Oden on muiden kuin palloilullisten ansioidensa takia listalla. Oden oli vuoden 2007 NBA Draftin ykkösvaraus (Portland) ja on sen jälkeen pelannut urallaan yhteensä 82 ottelua 6 vuodessa eli yhden NBA:n runkosarjan verran pelejä. Kuriositeettina Oden asui 9 vuoden vanhana samassa kaupungissa kuin legendaarinen Larry Bird (Terre Haute, Indiana). Vuoden 2007 Draftissä olisi ollut tarjolla mm. Kevin Durant (#2 pick), Joakim Noah (#9 pick) ja Petteri Koponen (#30) ennen Odenia. Tulevalla kaudella Greg Oden pelaa mestari Miami Heatissa ja toimitus povaa Heatille mestaruutta vuoden 2013-2014 NBA karkeloissa. – Miami Heat unhappy with Greg Oden’s press conference

#10 Allen Iverson: Herra Iverson on täysin omaa luokkaansa tällä listalla, ohessa muutama syy – legendaarinen pressitilaisuus jossa käsiteltiin harjoittelemista

Iverson: “If I can’t practice, I can’t practice. It is as simple as that. It ain’t about that at all. It’s easy to sum it up if you’re just talking about practice. We’re sitting here, and I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re talking about practice. I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last but we’re talking about practice man. How silly is that?

Ote herra Iversonin toilailuista off-the-court (lähde Wikipedia):

  • During the 1997 offseason, Iverson and his friends were stopped by policemen for speeding late at night and was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and for possession of marijuana. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to community service.
  • On February 24, 2004, Iverson urinated in a trash can at Bally’s Atlantic City casino and was told by casino management not to return.
  • On December 9, 2005 after the Sixers defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, Iverson paid a late-night visit to the Trump Taj Mahal. After winning a hand at a three-card-stud poker table, Iverson was overpaid $10,000 in chips by a dealer. When the dealer quickly realized the mistake and requested the chips back, Iverson refused and a heated head-turning argument between him and casino staff began. Atlantic City casino regulations reportedly state that when a casino makes a payout mistake in favor of the gambler, he or she must return the money that they did not legitimately win by playing.
  • Also in 2005, Iverson’s bodyguard Jason Kane was accused of assaulting a man at a Washington DC nightclub after the man, Marlin Godfrey, refused to leave the club’s VIP section so Iverson’s entourage could enter. Godfrey suffered a concussion, a ruptured eardrum, a burst blood vessel in his eye, a torn rotator cuff, cuts and bruises, and emotional injuries. Although Iverson did not touch Godfrey himself, Godfrey sued Iverson for the injuries caused by his bodyguard. In 2007 a jury awarded Godfrey $260,000. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the verdict in 2009.
  • In a Philadelphia Inquirer column published March 7, 2010, Stephen A. Smith wrote that according to “numerous NBA sources”, Iverson would “either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away”, and that Iverson had already been banned from casinos in Detroit and Atlantic City. Smith also wrote that Tawanna, his wife of eight years, had separated from him and filed for divorce, seeking custody of their five children, as well as child support and alimony payments.
  • In November 2010, Kate Fagan, a 76ers beat writer for the Inquirer reported that Iverson was “broke” and heavily in debt, “by all accounts except his own”, and that a member of Iverson’s family had previously contacted NBA teams about a contract for him, as he would not be able to pay that person without a contract.
  • In August 2011, an Ohio man sued Iverson for $2.5 million in damages, claiming he was assaulted by Iverson’s security guard in a 2009 bar fight in Detroit. The federal judge dismissed the case, finding no evidence that Iverson or his bodyguard struck the plaintiff, Guy Walker.