ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — I spent all day yesterday at the Panini NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, a circus of an extravaganza of an event, in which 36 NBA rookies show up in uniform and spend the day being poked and prodded by various outlets from various forms of media. It’s a bit of a head-spinning experience: so many rookies, so many cameras, so much happening, all while the great DJ Neil Armstrong was spinning tunes in the corner at a significant volume.
We’ll have more from this day for some time to come, but there was one moment that stood out which we should get to first. I was there along with my main man Dennis Scott, as we taped interviews with dozens of the players for use here on NBA.com and on NBA TV. A few hours into the morning, as we were talking with OKC rookie Steven Adams, Bobcats rookie Cody Zeller approached from one side holding a trash can. Before we could even think about what was happening, Zeller’s college teamate Victor Oladipo sprinted in from our blindside and dunked on Adams. (You can see me and 3D make an appearance at the :28 second mark, as we join everyone else in laughing at Adams.)
Today the video has emerged, as Oladipo and Zeller were apparently working at the behest of NBA.com. Adams was not the only victim for this dastardly duo, as they spent a while going around posterizing their fellow rookies. We brought you the debut of posterizing a few months ago, and now it has made its logical progression into the NBA. When Oladipo’s around, watch your back.
(via Dan Devine)