Like a good ‘Made in America’ product, nba knows how to make the most of a call ‘Christmas spirit’ Americans, which flood every corner during these days and affect any element related to the league: from the programming of the many big games for December 25 to the decoration of the pavilions, which include ‘cheerleaders’, mascots, ..or even just team shirts for Christmas, with ‘winks’ and special editions.
But, as is often the case in any other work environment, all is not well, even in a work environment nba,
Despite the general image of happiness and goodness that they try to project during these days, the truth is nba never rests And their motto of ‘It’s not personal, it’s just business’ can be applied any day of the year.
The ‘smile’ of the NBA
And it is that, throughout the years, there have been many players who have experienced the worst of Christmas in their own bodies: will be fired on december 25 (Or, to be precise, a day earlier, since the 25th is a holiday).
player, who instead of receiving a visit from Santa Claus appeared to them without expecting it,’ Grinch‘ of Christmas, usually expressed as the ‘general manager’ of the team in question.
Below, we show you the cases of the most famous players, but the list is complete with names like tony wrote (Philadelphia, 2015), Donald Sloan (Cleveland, 2012), marcus cousins (Houston, 2011), i am Uzoh (Charlotte, 2011), Sharrod Ford (Phoenix, 2005) o Slavko Varens (New York, 2003).
1990: Christmas with lots of ‘coal’
To find the first cut on Christmas Day, we have to go back to 1990, when several productions were made, including Pat Cummings (Utah), TR Dunn (Denver), mike woodson (Cleveland), dave popson (Boston), Calvin Upshaw (Dallas), jim farmer (Philadelphia) Fr. Pete Myers (St. Anthony).
The current Denver Nuggets power forward is the only player on this list who is still active in the NBA at age 36. 5 in the draft in 2007, during his 16-year career (although he did not play in 2011/12 due to heart problems) he has passed through a total of 11 teams, although, without doubt, he Worst experience in the ranks of the Utah Jazz: He signed with Salt Lake City on July 20, 2019 and was cut on December 24 of the same year after an average
(Oklahoma City Thunder)
This peculiar point guard was long known for being the shortest player in the NBA (1.75)… and for being able to win three Slam Dunk Contests! After his stellar time with the Knicks, Robinson was traded to the Celtics and later to the Thunder, where he was ‘cut’ the day before Christmas 2011, after playing in only 4 games, averaging 3.3 points and 1.5 assists. with average.
Another NBA globetrotter, he went through 9 teams in his 11 seasons in the house league, though he achieved the tough challenge of starting and ending his career with the same team, the Miami Heat. Winner of an NBA champion ring in 2008 in the ranks of the Boston Celtics, he ended his life as an NBA player after he himself was cut by the Heat, the day before Christmas 2011.
Better known to the general public for being, for a time, the partner of ‘top model’ Adriana Lima, the Serbian point guard had a consistent career in the NBA, averaging 7 points and 4 assists despite injuries. Decreased a lot. He performed (2.6 points and 1.4 assists) in his final year in the league and the Grizzlies cut his contract by Christmas 2009. He did not reach his debut until making his debut in the ranks of the Chicago Bulls, who released him just before the start of the 2011/12 season, three weeks after signing him.
An old acquaintance of European fans (he played for Efes) and Spanish fans (he played for Unicaja Málaga between 2007 and 2009), he experienced his most bitter episode at Christmas 2004, just before starting his European adventure. Done: The Indiana Pacers cut his contract with Christmas Eve, three weeks after signing him. His averages with the Pacers (3.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 9 games) did not invite optimism and predicted a long career in the NBA. Haslip tried it again in 2009/10, but his stint with the San Antonio Spurs lasted no more than 10 games.
Olympic champion with Michelle Jordan at the Olympic Games. Drafted from Los Angeles in 1984 and No. 10 in that year’s draft, Wood’s career was most promising … but not confirmed upon his arrival in the NBA: 6 teams in as many seasons (with a brief stint in the CAI) Zaragoza, at 88/89, averaging nearly 20 points per game), and after being signed by the Sacramento Kings on Christmas Day as a final cut, averaging 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. At the age of 28, he left basketball as a player but later made a name for himself as a referee in the NBA!
The former starting point guard for the 1999 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs didn’t have an easy start in the league, experiencing his worst moment during the 1990/91 campaign when he was a member of the Denver Nuggets. After playing only 21 games (and only 4 as a starter), the Colorados cut him after he signed for Christmas, averaging 3.8 points and 3.7 assists per game.