It's an NBA rite of passage to star in a cheesy local commercial with little production value. You haven't made it as a pro until you've peddled pasta or talked up a car dealership before a green screen.
Recently, for example, a group of Oklahoma City Thunder players stepped up as faces for Norman Chrysler. Only Kendrick Perkins was reluctant to join the chorus. "I ain't gonna sing that goofy song," Perk said. The rest of the Thunder sang gleefully:
Hey, if someone is willing to kick you some cash to read a short script during free time, wouldn't you take it? Although some of these ads are more shameful than others...
The Raptors' Andrea Bargnani is fueled by Primo Pasta and Sauce
Take it from former Nuggets PF Chris "Birdman" Anderson: Mattress King is legit!
Spurs' Gary Neal apparently hangs out in a Ford SUV with high school girls
Former Mavericks center D.J. Mbenga says "Taco!"
The Lopez brothers crash a small gymnasium for Disney XD
Gordon Heyward dominates a punchless Bailey's Moving and Storage team
Bailey's moves disgruntled guards seeking a trade out of town
Hedo may win an Oscar for these two Pizza Pizza-inspired lines
Scottie Pippen has a mid-court picnic with two cheerleaders and a six-foot sub
Larry Bird convincingly shows his appreciation for Scotch 'n' Sirloin
Poor Manu Ginobili was just trying to help feed his teammates
Here Everything's Better... except the acting
Tayshawn Prince's talents are just like a window replacement company's
Brendan Haywood and Carmelo Anthony have credit at Easterns Motors
Rip Hamilton, contact lens wearer
Steve Nash smashes people with basketballs to promote green energy
Dikembe Mutombo has scrap metal to sell!
Brett Smiley (@brettsmiley) has never been offered money to promote a car dealership.