Hazing in the
If it were a reality television show, it could air on Nick Jr.
Cue the cute and cuddly
Those are just some of the G-rated antics rookies have been subjected to in recent years. There's no tying anyone to goal posts, sticking them with a $54,896 dinner tab a la
Thankfully, there's also never been anything vaguely resembling the bloodcurdling texts and phone messages
"Obviously, football is a little different sport; it's a little rougher, so they may think it's necessary to do such things," said
Among the duties Harris said he's had to perform are buying candy for teammates and fetching them towels.
About as wacky as it gets in the NBA is having teammates pour buckets of popcorn into your luxury sport utility vehicle.
That happened to Sacramento's
Players are now getting even less cutesy after a memo the NBA recently distributed reminding teams of its stance against hazing and bullying.
Less than two weeks into the season,
"The backpacks were something to welcome us to the team," said Muhammad, the former UCLA standout, "but it's all about what the NBA thinks, so we have to go on and respect it."
Rookie hazing predates even Jerry Sloan's debut in 1965, when the Baltimore Bullets' swingman toted shot clocks for exhibition games because they were often played in high school gyms.
Over the years, superstars and second-round draft picks alike have endured the rookie rite of passage. The Clippers'
Now it seems the "in" thing to do to first-year players is on its way out, headed the way of set shots and Chuck Taylors.