Last week, while discussing Metta World Peace's recent appearance on "Yo Gabba Gabba", I casually suggested that I should compile the top five NBA player cameos on children's television over the years. While watching football on Sunday, I made this lifelong dream a reality.
Two things became apparent as I got started on this project. The first is that YouTube, while impressive in terms of breadth, is a pretty poor research tool. It's really hard to make advanced searches that don't turn up a big pile of flotsam. The second is that it seems that NBA players generally stay away from children's television. Perhaps they don't have enough time in their busy days, or see very few rewards that come from these types of appearances, but apparently these guys really don't go on children's shows much.
So perhaps this should be named "The Only Evidence I Could Find on YouTube That NBA Players Care About Children's Television-Watching Habits" instead. Has a ring to it, no?
Amar'e, Melo and Grover (2012):
NBA players most frequently appear on Sesame Street. I was able to find video evidence of Vince Carter, Dr. J and Blake Griffin getting their kicks with these urban muppets. Makes sense too. The commitment seems minimal, and the end result ends up being pretty funny. In this edition, we get Melo and Amar'e teaching Grover about comparisons. They end up being kind of dicks, and make fun of Grover for being short and not very good at basketball, despite the fact that Grover has a 19-foot vertical.
Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (1993):
Steve Francis and Wilt Discuss Nutrition (2005ish):
Dream Team Cartoon (1992):
Space Jam (1996):