In case you haven't noticed since the NBA Finals began last Thursday, the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy is everywhere. Sure, it's always had a presence this time of year and rightfully so, but now you can find it anywhere you look, and it's begun to take on a cartoon-like presence.
A trophy such as this with so much rich history surrounding it should command respect, but you can't help but laugh at it's painfully forced presence. Here's a quick look at some of the unusual places where the NBA has been force feeding us the whorish trophy.
- As witnessed at right, Jeff Van Gundy forced to wear gaudy trophy earrings
- Yankees and Red Sox forced to wear Finals Trophy patch
- Team bench towels replaced with replica trophy squeegees
- Mysterious giant trophies carved out in crop fields across globe
- Scot Pollard forced to paint little trophys on his nails
- Doug Collins forced to wear uncomfortable trophy-shaped underwear
- Gheorghe Muresan forced to dance with it on special version of ABC's Dancing with the Stars
- Mike Breen forced to share a hotel room with it (probably not forced)
- Trophy now scripted to win Royal Rumble this weekend
- Joey Crawford forced to officiate every other quarter with it in his pants
- Regis forced to cohost with it for the rest of the week
- Trophy to replace Kramer in all episodes of Seinfeld this week
- NBC Nightly News to be anchored by the Trophy
- Extreme Makeover Home Edition to build new house for family of affable Trophys
- Trophy thankfully replaces Mike Lupica on The Sports Reporters (permanently)
- Curt Schilling spotted nearby taking notes on it (voluntarily)
- Phil Jackson dining with it inside a teepee
- Stern himself spotted in embarrassing, ill-fitted trophy costume
After the jump is a glimpse into the life of this sociable, shameless trophy...
No need to add much here other than to mention that even if they put Sonic the Hedgehog's head at center court, it still wouldn't look as stupid as this. Knocked it outta the park here guys, well done.
This thing is sturdy enough that people can actually sit on it and have pictures taken. What the event planners in Boston missed the boat on here though is a bow and arrow rental tent for those who are wise enough to realize how stupid this is and get annoyed enough that they want to take action into their own hands.
This is Hollywood and the best they can come up with is a 150-foot replica trophy? We're surprised it doesn't have robotic arms so it can high-five all the dickheads who got tickets through a connection and are quite confident that Kobe still wears number 8.
We leave you with Derek Fisher and the trophy. Partly because of how ridiculous it's general presence is, but mostly because it looks like the ball has sidled it's way towards the likable Fisher.