With Latest Trade, The Memphis Grizzlies Amass Craziest Lineup In NBA History
Welp, we've got our first major-ish deal of 2016's NBA trade deadline week. Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Miami will send draft picks and 14-year vet Chris Andersen to the Grizzlies as part of a three-team deal involving the Hornets, that also puts Brian Roberts in a Heat uniform, Courtney Lee in Charlotte and PJ Hairston in Memphis. It's complicated and not all that interesting, aside from one rather obvious result: the Memphis Grizzlies now have four of the craziest players in the NBA on one roster.
[motorcycle engine noise]
Just imagine these dudes sharing the floor (or the same geographic location) at the same time. They're like the expendables of professional basketball. They should just walk out onto the court during live play whenever they feel like it and put cigarettes out on opposing mascots. One of them needs to play with a dangly feather earing and a leather vest. These dudes are complete badasses.
C - Chris "Birdman" Andersen: Suspended for violating the NBA's substance abuse policy after testing positive for at least one hard drug, was implicated in a child pornography ring that turned out to be a complete hoax, is covered enough menacing tattoos to make a Siberian death row inmate jealous.
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SG - Tony "The Grindfather" Allen: [Wikipedia] "During the 2005 off-season, Allen was charged with aggravated battery stemming from an altercation that escalated into the non-fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man outside a restaurant in Chicago in August 2005. Although he was not a suspect in the shooting, Allen was accused of breaking another man's left eye socket. He spent two nights in jail, but was not implicated in the shooting. Due to this incident and a severe right knee injury that Allen had suffered prior to the shooting, Allen missed much of the first half of the 2005–06 season. On April 24, 2007, Allen was found not guilty by a Chicago court."
SF - Matt "Apple Turnover" Barnes: Arrested for battery in 2010, was then filmed calling a cop "a fucking faggot" while being arrested for driving with a suspended license, chased down and beat up his ex-wife's new boyfriend (an NBA head coach), was fined and suspended for continually threatening his ex and her new boyfriend over social media, told TMZ that he has been in the early stages of a relationship with Rihanna (which she adamantly denied), is generally insane.
PF - Zach "Z-Bo" Randolph: [Via Fox News] "A stake out on a suspected drug house 2 weeks ago led to 32 year old Arthur Boyd being pulled over in a Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle had marijuana and ammunition inside, and was registered to Randolph.
The Escalade led police to a storage facility where they say Randolph rents four lockers. According to the document, police dogs found controlled substances in two of the four lockers."
God help poor Mario Chalmers.
- You can now add definitively crazy shooting guard Lance "Born Ready" Stephenson to this lineup. It's almost as if Memphis is trying to scare its way into the NBA Finals. Here's a little snippet of Lance's background...
[Wikipedia] In January 2008, Stephenson was suspended from school for five days and missed two games following an altercation with a teammate. In October that year, he was arrested for groping a 17-year-old inside the school. He faced a Class B misdemeanor sexual assault charge, and his parents ended the "Born Ready" reality show following the arrest.
On August 15, 2010, Stephenson was arrested for third-degree assault after allegedly pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs. The case was eventually dismissed.
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