ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Having a pet can be a full-time job. I have a pet dog, for instance, and I have to feed and walk the dog several times a day. Taking care of a pet is a real commitment, but weighed against how much we love our dog, it’s well worth the effort.
Taking care of a dog is one thing, but what about a marmoset? First of all, what is a marmoset? According to Wikipedia, a marmoset is a species of monkey that is usually about 8 inches long. It is also a monkey that many people keep as a pet.
One month ago, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis posted a photo on Instagram of a marmoset, with the caption (apparently the name of the monkey), “Meek!”
There was no further explanation given, however. Until now. This weekend, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher apparently came across the marmoset at Las Vegas Summer League, and was able to reveal a little more detail…
For what it’s worth, Davis isn’t the first NBA player to have a pet monkey. Years ago when he played for the Miami Heat, Mike Miller had a pet monkey named Sonny.
I don’t know whether or not Sonny is still part of the Miller household, but once upon a time, as the Washington Post reported, Sonny did provide a classic NBA story…
Sonny had his own bedroom, but “I didn’t have no kids, so he got to post up wherever he wanted,” Miller said. He would get food from the fridge whenever he was hungry; grapes were a particular favorite. He loved playing billiards, though “he wouldn’t use a pool stick, he’d just throw the balls,” Miller said. “He had a nice jumper, too,” he added, though he said he was joking about that. But at this point, I wasn’t totally sure what was a joke or what wasn’t. Like, the oft-told tale about when Miller got a phone call saying his monkey was on the loose?
“Oh yeah, that was a trip,” Miller said. “You would always put him in his room, and then we’d lock the door, and then we’d put the dogs out, and then we’d lock the front door. Well, he found out how to unlock doors, unlocked his door, went downstairs, let the dogs in the house and opened the front door. About an hour later we got a call from our neighbors, saying, ‘Your monkey is riding your dogs around the neighborhood.’…I said, ‘C’mon y’all, y’all got to get in the house.”