NBA edition of Mike Tyson’s Punchout

While watching a Miami Heat game it’s hard to not focus on Joel Anthony’s enormous forehead and while Mike of did so he envisioned Soda Popinski, the character from the NES hit Mike Tyson’s Punchout.

That got him thinking and resulted in one of the most hilarious lists of the season.

“If we were going to cast a live action version of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, which basketball players and coaches would make the cut? As it turns out, there are some pretty great choices for all of the roles. Also, as it turns out, Mike Tyson’s Punchout was one gigantic racist stereotype party. That definitely did not register with me in first grade. Well,  I put together a list of NBA characters who I think were born to play these roles. Here is who I propose:

Glass Joe/Chase Budinger

Von Kaiser/Italian Vintage Mike D’Antoni

Piston Honda/Yao Ming

Don Flamenco/Manu Ginobili

King Hippo/Eddy Curry

Great Tiger/Hamed Haddadi

Bald Bull/Matt Geiger

Soda Popinski/Joel Anthony



Mr. Sandman/ Sofoklis Schortsanitis (aka Greek Shaq)

Super Macho Man/Pat Riley

Li’l Mac and Doc/JJ Redick and Mike Woodson

And of course, based more on behavior than appearance, the logical and topical choice to play Mike Tyson, Ron Artest.

Mario/Stan Van Gundy

Yao Ming: A future Hall of Fame candidate?

Yao MingAs the top pick of the Houston Rockets in the 2002 NBA draft Yao Ming only played a total of nine years. While his stats may be impressive during his brief career his impact in the globalization of the NBA brand is unparalleled.

Ming finished with career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 rebounds, including two seasons when he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds. He retires sixth in Rockets history in points (9,247) and rebounds (4,494), and trails only Hakeem Olajuwon in blocks.

During the first seven seasons of his career no center scored more points than Yao  who at the same time was able to rank in the top four at the position in rebounds, blocks, and field goals.

While there is no such thing as the “NBA Hall of Fame” the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is not linked specifically with the American pro league. It also honors international players, amateurs, women, coaches, contributors and referees. The criteria to gain admittance in the Basketball Hall of Fame is less focused on American professional on-court performance.

As the first Chinese player in the NBA there is no doubt that Yao Ming will be there.