poster boy

poster boy (pos'-tuhr boi) noun. A player who gets posterized, be it once, throughout a game, or repeatedly over the course of his entire career (see The Collected Works of Gregory Donovan Ostertag).

Usage example: Kyle Korver recently became the poster boy of the year.

Word trivia: Kyle Korver isn't just a career 40 percent three-point marksman and the sine qua non of Utah's recent upward sweep; he's also 100 percent Grade A beefcake. I'm completely serious. Go do a Google image search for "Kyle Korver" and you'll find him hangin' with the ladies, sandwiched between the glandularly challenged, kickin' it old school, wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day, posing in front of a tropical backdrop with some dude, being all angsty, breakin' hearts, rockin' the golf shorts, receiving a foot massage, flexing, getting an extreme makeover, learning that reading is FUN-damental, auditioning for Mr. Mom 2: Mommier Than Ever, attending a wedding, expressing the trophy love, bein' a homeboy, signing autographs, and scaring the absolute living piss out of Chris Farley's brother. All in all, Kyle might be the most posteriffic dude in NBA history.

Basketbawful's most favoritest poster boys: Because it never, ever gets old.

1. Greg Ostertag. God, we miss you Greg. We really do.


2. Shawn Bradley: They called him "The NBA Bitch" for a reason. Many reasons, actually.


3. Michael Olowokandi: How's that ball taste, Kandi Man?


4. Alonzo Mourning: There's just something sweet about watching a defensive menace getting posterized. Sorry, 'Zo.


5. Dikembe Mutombo: Kids, this is what happens when you finger wag people.

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17 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said...
seeing Vince Carter in alot of these vids leads the casual viewer to believe that he's a good player, which he really isn't. "Vincent Lamar Carter just gave Mt Mutombo a Philadelphia Freedom Facial" That is the gayest sports comment in history whether or not Elton John was implied.

Blogger flohtingPoint said...
No honorable mention for Kevin Johnson over Hakeem? Man, they sculpted that dunk out of bronze and gave it to KJ for his retirement trophy.

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Blogger Basketbawful said...
anonymous -- Yes. It is a big deceiving, isn't it? And that really is one of the gayest things I've ever heard after a monster jam.

flohtingpoint -- While that is one of the greatest all-time posterizations, I wouldn't rank Hakeem among my favorite poster boys. I loved The Dream!

Blogger Five Pound Bag said...
FP - I agree. That might be the single most unexpected dunk in NBA history, given the players involved (although KJ could throw down on anyone before his knees went, this is two-time defensive player of the year Olajuwaon we're talking about), the size differential, and that it was in the playoffs.

wv: anenmee = Anfernee Hardaway's kid sister

Blogger flohtingPoint said...
FP - I agree. That might be the single most unexpected dunk in NBA history, given the players involved (although KJ could throw down on anyone before his knees went, this is two-time defensive player of the year Olajuwaon we're talking about), the size differential, and that it was in the playoffs.

Yea, between that and John Starks over... well... the whole Chicago Bulls team, I definitely didn't see KJ even attempting that dunk.


While that is one of the greatest all-time posterizations, I wouldn't rank Hakeem among my favorite poster boys. I loved The Dream!

I can't argue with you there Basketbawful... As much as I hated Houston and dreaded them as both 7 game series concluded with Houston winning back in 94-95, I never developed hate for Hakeem. If anything, I was right there rooting for him when the Rockets swept The Big ColostomyBag.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
flohtingpoint -- Dude, you know, those two series broke my heart. Man, oh man. Man! But, like you, I couldn't hate The Dream. He was good, and understated.

But man, the Suns came so close!!

Anonymous Shrugz said...
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080305/odds/odd_election_cemetery_dc

has nothing to do with B-ball but pretty funny to me (yes I could be considered evil)

Blogger flohtingPoint said...
Dude, you know, those two series broke my heart. Man, oh man. Man! But, like you, I couldn't hate The Dream. He was good, and understated.

Between John Paxson and being AT the game when Mario Elie ended us, I'm positive thats what made me the way I am.

The Phoenix Suns: Making men from boys through consistent disappointment. Paid for by the "Robert Sarver hates you and your family" group.

Blogger Tonewise said...
Have you ever done a word-of-the-day on "Professional" also see "Consummate Professional" as in

When Jalen Rose was on the raptors, and wasn't getting any playing time becuz he couldn't guard a mop girl, and was called a "professional" because he didn't complain?? (i think he was making over 14 million to sit on the bench too!)

or how about a more recent example of Sam Vincent calling Jeff MacInnis a "real Professional" about his situation...

Is this just the new way of a coach saying, hey I got this thing stuck on the bench that's costing us a Ton of money and isn't good for anything, but hey their being professional about it.


anyway i looked but couldn't find anything, and it seems like a word we hear in all pro sports over and over for much the same type of situation...

Anonymous Wormboy said...
I'm going to get up on my high horse for a minute. How many NBA players would congratulate a guy who dunked over him the way Ostertag did? That's good sportsmanship, and it's a damned rare commodity in pro sports these days. Seems like being a cocky scumbag is what the fans want, so that's what they get.

Tag may have been a horrible ball player, but at least he's got SOME sort of class.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
shrugz -- Oh, holy Christ! Dude, I seriously scoured that page to make sure it wasn't secretly an Onion article or something. "I am the mayor. I hereby ORDER YOU NOT TO DIE." I would make love to that story if it was physically possible.

flohtingpoint -- Okay. Here's the thing that upsets me the most about the '93 Finals. Freakin' Paul Westphal left Frank Johnson in for KJ during the 5 minutes or so of crunch time, and Frank blew three plays in a row to give the Bulls live. Forget Paxson's final shot...it never should have come down to that. How in the name of Lincoln's wart do you not have Keven Johnson in the game for ever minute of that 4th quarter?! I will never forgive Paul Westphal for that.

Just like I won't forgive Barkley for not taking his offseason training more seriously, which led to his knee injury in '95.

tonewise -- You know, you're right. I'm going to put that in the list of future WotDs.

wormboy -- You have a point. Although I have to admit that, if I was watching my favorite team, and one of my guys got dunked on, I would probably cringe if I saw him congratulate the guy. Especially in an important game (that 'Tag game happened in the NCAA tournament).

I love the Zo getting dunked on clips

Anonymous Wormboy said...
Sure, man. I'd cringe. I'd also have some pride for my man not being a weasel. I've always prided myself on being a good sport, and if some dude makes a nice play on my, I'll laugh and say "nice one." Then I'll try to own his ass next time.

On the Dream issue, I too have always worshipped Olajuwon's hoop skills (IMO he's the best all-around center that I've seen play). I was rooting for Houston throughout those two championship runs. I liked the team in general, but I have always adored Hakeem. And I loved the way he owned Ewing and then Shaq in successive Finals.

The KJ dunk over Hakeem: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ifx_gRF-ouU

Hakeem's revenge: http://youtube.com/watch?v=aS25dibHOR0

Anonymous 80's NBA said...
The sad (and at the same time, funny) thing about that Ostertag facial from the '94 Tournament is that it was also the highlight of Glenn Robinson's entire career.

Blogger Kayce Photography said...
that Kyle Korver photo's one of the funniest photos i've ever seen.. i can't stop laughing lol..

Blogger Ash Haque said...
Please tell me you were in the crowed during that game Matt

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