NBA is one of the most competitive sports in the world. It is not easy to play in the premier league of basketball without being on top of your physical shape. We have seen the likes of LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Russell Westbrook to name a few. They are considered one of the fittest athletes of their time. James who is 38 years old still looks in perfect condition. To make a name for oneself in the league, athleticism is a must for any player.
We’ve seen a change in body type since the start of basketball, however, the game is now becoming all the more technical. Regardless of the changing times, players have to be at the peak of their athleticism. However, some players are considered to be at the top of their game without looking the part.
There are some players who the fans are often seen criticizing for not having the physique required to play in the NBA. Some are often body-shamed or fat-shamed by the fans, and in some cases by the players themselves. It is not shocking to see somebody who does not look athletic, yet play at an elite level of basketball.
Some NBA players have been slammed by the fans and players for not looking athletic
In today’s time, we’ve seen a classic example of Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson who are subject to body shaming. Luka is arguably one of the best players in the league and is skillfully gifted, he doesn’t require explosive athleticism. He has been slammed by the fans to keep a check on his hookah and alcohol to keep fit for the Dallas Mavericks in the past.
Hookah Doncic smoking on that Suns pack https://t.co/ceS70Jvv20
— NBA Retweet (@RTNBA) May 16, 2022
Zion Williamson is another player who is being body-shamed after breaking his foot. He is a player who looks huge for his frame but possesses the strength to attack the rim explosively. However, fans have slammed him for gaining weight after his injury.
Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley are one of the best panelists on NBA on TNT. They are often seen joking around on the sets, but they were great players during their time. However, Shaq and Chuck are often seen throwing tantrums at each other for their weight after retirement.
Ain’t shit wild about it! It’s a real injury! Imagine having a 300 pound sloppy fat boy run full speed and make direct contact with your spine! I’ll be back soon like I said. https://t.co/jMdySrLxuw
— Keef Morris (@Keefmorris) January 7, 2022
Nikola Jokic is a player who is leading a team for a title collectively. However, back in November last year he got into an altercation with Markieff Morris, where he shoved his shoulder into Morris’ back. After the incident, Morris trolled the Serbian. “Imagine having a 300-pound sloppy fat boy run full speed and make direct contact with your spine!” Morris said on Twitter.
Glen Davis is another player who was a power forward and a massive figure on the court. However, he too was slammed by the fans for his unusual size, and nicknamed him “Big Baby.” However, it is a subjective matter of who one considers athletic or not. Some of these players are one of the best in the league despite being trolled by some fans.