I once posted a list of the basic staples of American comedy, the gimmicks that are always used for (and seem to always get) a cheap laugh. These include (but are not limited to):
1. Monkeys 2. Midgets 3. Fat people 4. Farts and/or poop 5. The Amish 6. Men dressed as women 7. A man getting punched/kicked/shot/etc. in the nuts 8. White people attempting to act like black people 9. Old people trying to behave all young and hip 10. Some random combination of the elements listed above
Now, you get to see one or more (usually more) of these comedic devices during the typical NBA halftime show. However, one of them actually occurs -- with alarming frequency -- during the course of the game itself. Here's a hint: It's number seven. I don't know what the sport of basketball has against the man region, but ballers sure do suffer an extraordinary number of nutshots. (Or worse. Just ask Mo Williams).
In this video, for instance, Danny Granger forgets that he's not playing soccer, and that Antawn Jamison's family jewels are not, in fact, the game ball.
From the YouTube description: "Chandler gets a feel in the 'Smoky Robinson.'"
Hey, remember when Royal Ivey got suspended for an attack on Aaron Gray's meat 'n taters? Of course you don't. You probably don't even know who those guys are. But here's what happened.
Then there's that whole bizarre Reggie Evans/Chris Kaman incident...
Not even the crotches of our team mascots are safe, as Utah's Bear proves here.
And, of course, no rundown of junk assault would be complete without Bruce "The Master of Groin Disaster" Bowen. Watch BTMoGDB give Steve Nash a little [Canadian euphemism for knee in the groin].
Update! How could I forget about the time Avery Johnson cup-checked Josh Howard? Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Anonymous.
Update! Thanks to Reginald from Wasilla and the second Mr. Anonymous for reminding me of that time Chris Paul gave Julius Hodge the five-knuckeled junkblaster.