What Should NBA Players Bring to Postgame Press Conferences Instead of Kids?

Jason Gallagher

Children. They’re cute. It’s almost like they’re very small human beings, completely lacking in guile, who are totally dependent on adults for their care and survival. But are they too cute? Are their warblings and penchant for playing peek-a-boo under the interview table too distractingly cute for the NBA workplace? Do cute children keep the hard-bitten sports scribes from being able to ask “could you talk about” questions? Maybe. Quite possibly. 

From the perspective of the players, here’s what’s great about having their children present at the postgame podium interview:

  • Parental bonding. NBA players are on the road large chunks of the year. They could miss a bevy of traditional developmental landmarks, like a child’s first words and first steps.
  • Gives mothers a break. Who do you think is doing all the parenting when dad is on the second night of a back-to-back?
  • It’s never too soon to teach kids about the importance of work and about being accountable for your actions.
  • They learn to say stuff like “Both teams played hard.”
  • Lastly, and the most subtly important reason to bring your child to the postgame: Reporters would have to be real jerks to ask a player hardball questions while the player’s angelic child gazes out over the room with his/her big old anime eyes.

But, if some have their way, players may not be able to bring their children to the postgame podium. Here’s a list of practical replacements for the podium baby.


Doc and PupsJason Gallagher 

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Teague KittensJason Gallagher

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Assorted Other Pets

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Think you’re asking Dwight Howard why he picked up that fourth foul when the big man’s 20 snakes are slithering around the interview room? I highly doubt it.


Beal GrantparentsJason Gallagher

This is underrated. Once, when I was a kid, I was about to get into a fight with a bunch of local ruffians when my grandmother came ambling out of the house and shamed them into leaving me alone. Every culture on earth demands that people should respect their elders, and even the most coldhearted investigative journalist is cowed by the sight of blue hair and toilet cozies.


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Game of Thrones Spoilers

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Many, if not most, of the viewers of Game of Thrones have not read the books from which the story is adapted. And, while the show is very nearly caught up with novels, there are still a few spoiler cards left to play. Nothing clears a room faster than the threat of spoiler.

Filed Under: NBA, 2015 NBA Playoffs, Jason Concepcion

Jason Concepcion is a staff writer for Grantland and coauthor of We’ll Always Have Linsanity.

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