Posted by Royce Young
I think the video production departments for NBA teams will look for any excuse to put players in a video doing something silly. That's why the holiday season is a perfect opportunity to get these really tall people to sing badly, put on silly hats and do weird dances. Nothing says Merry Christmas like J.J. Barea not knowing any of the words to "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer."
A good number of teams have put out a "Happy Holidays!" video. Here's four of the best (I'm not sure if "best" is actually the right word) ones out there:
The Bulls sang (or spoke) the "12 Days of Christmas" with a hilarious basketball twist. Instead of four calling birds, Carlos Boozer gives us "four pick and rolls." And of course Joakim Noah finishes with "a basketball in a pear tree." The first time, funny. Second time, still kind of funny. Third not, not so funny. Eighth time, moving on.
The Pistons put a spin on "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" doing the whole change-the-words-to-basketball-stuf
f thing. You can tell that it took Chris Wilcox more than one take to get "With tales of hot dogs and other good eats," just right. I also like how awkward Jason Maxiell does his line, especially with the through-the-nose laughing at the end.
The Mavericks are the best in the league at making funny/creative videos with their players. It helps to have Dirk Nowitzki because anything he does is pretty much awesome. He should host Saturday Night Live or something. But their rendition of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" is no exception. It's of course excellent, with Dirk stealing the show (why is he wrapped in lights?).
The Nuggets tried the funny costume routine with a bad rap added in. If you're not paying attention, you'd have no idea this had anything to do with Christmas. It's like they tried to do a "Super Bowl Shuffle" but add in The Birdman's neck tattoo and mohawk, plus some oversized clocks and big glass on Chauncey Billups. Success, I guess.