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Five NBA Players Who Could Crossover to MMA During the Lockout

2.) Steve Blake, G, Los Angeles Lakers

That video is from 2008, so ignore the Kimbo worship and general lack of knowledge about the sport on display. They were different times, people. The scrappy guard has been training since 2007, and it’s complimented his oncourt presence nicely. Watch the aforementioned 6’11’’, 265lb Dwight Howard try to punk Steve Blake and immediately regret his decision. For that matter, Jason Terry recently tried the same thing and was chased around the court by Blake. If he’s willing to throw down with those two, the odds are good that he’d be willing to fight during the lockout.

Ideal Opponent: As demonstrated above, Steve Blake has no qualms with chasing an opponent, even if his opponent is slightly bigger than him. I wonder if Kaleb Starnes can cut to welterweight…

1.) James Johnson, F, Toronto Raptors

Odds are that even the most hardcore NBA fans among us are having a hard time wrapping their heads around this pick. A first round selection by the Chicago Bulls in 2009, Johnson has recently been traded to the lowly Raptors. However, Johnson has something that no one else in the NBA can claim: An actual MMA record.

James Johnson, a karate black belt, is 20-0 as an amateur kickboxer and 1-0 as an amateur MMA fighter. His parents, both of which are karate black belts, own a martial arts school in Cheyenne, Wyoming. And by the way, seven of his eight siblings are also black belts. You can’t make this up. Well, maybe you sort of can. Even though his current contract in the NBA has kept him from looking to fight, Johnson insists that he’s not done as a fighter and constantly thinks about fighting again. He’s easily the most likely player in the NBA to actively seek a fight during the lockout.

Ideal Opponent: Crossover athlete that’s famous in Canada? Easy call: Donald Brashear at a future Ringside event.

Honorable Mention: Shaquille O’Neal

I’ll be honest: The only thing preventing Shaq from being number one on this list is that fact that he recently retired. He’s a huge fan of MMA. He’s been training with Jonathan Burke since The Backstreet Boys were relevant.  He helped launch The Ultimate Fighter. Do I need to say more?

Ideal Opponent: What, you don’t want to see him fight Hong Mon Choi? Be real. Even Bob Reilly wants to watch that fight.

(Seth Falvo)

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rampageisgod- July 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Shaq would get his ass handed to him by Canseco. You must have missed his failed punch attempt on Brad Miller, who had his back turned.
BoGuS- July 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm
@ zhongihl,

You welcome my come? This wouldn't happen to be the SN for the chick in Pat Barry's arms would it?

/wishful thinking
EDoggFunkMonk- July 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm
NBA fighters would run like Kalib Starnes in the ring. Make this into an NHL list and it would be legit.
EJayy- July 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm
Who's that girl in Pat Barry's arms?
Fried Taco- July 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm
@agentsmith and macreadysshack - one inch, man, one inch.
RSparrow- July 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm
Anthony Johnson has been seen walking at near 235. His face was fat as fuck, and clearly wasn't working out. I've always thought of him as a true middleweight though. Also, Steve Blake by no means punked out Howard, Howard didn't wanna get a T. Zero of these players will transfer to mma, football is a lot closer with the training regiments and overall athletes. These guys would get punked!!
macreadysshack- July 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm
@ agentsmith That's what they do when you break your radius - smaller forearm bone. Follow the line of the radius out the hand and you'll find it terminates in those first two fingers. Actually, that's completely made up.
agentsmith- July 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Speaking of Pat Barry, WTF is with his cast in that photo... 2 fingers in and the other 2 out? Were they trying to turn him into Lobster Boy or a Ninja Turtle or what?
FightZen- July 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Kalib could totally make welterweight, as long as he's not on his period.
danomite- July 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm
please someone tell me that pics exist of NBA players sparring with alpha team guys.
DangadaDang- July 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Sweet article man. If we could include retired players my pick would be Charles "The Round Mound of Ground and Pound" Barkley
agentsmith- July 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Shaq vs Pat Barry. Make it happen!
ReX13- July 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm
good fucking job, seth.
serofibrinous- July 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm
wow, how is AJ a welterweight?????
Moriparty- July 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm
So Anthony Johnson is the welterweight and Pat Berry is the heavyweight?
intercept440- July 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm
this list shoudl be named first five nba players to get there ass kicked by crossing over
Viva Hate- July 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Glen Davis bought a “jump rope” from Jumpin’ Sammie Black so I think that he taking anymore shots to the head is not advisable, plus he did cry on the bench once because Kevin Garnett yelled at him so I question his toughness.
Fried Taco- July 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm
How could you not want to see Glen Davis against Marcus Jones? Then it could be billed as a fight between two Big Babies.
mikemoriendi- July 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Except isn't Artest trying to get his name legally changed to Meta World Peace to show his change in character?