Posted December 12, 2012

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens begged for a shot at the NBA

Rob Mahoney
Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens often played in the All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game. (Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Rob Mahoney

It’s fairly typical for professional basketball players to engage in some cross-sport daydreaming, seeing as any individual with NBA-level athleticism was likely to be a standout in at least one other sport. Football is the most common, and from Nate Robinson to LeBron James, pro hoops players have often wondered what might have been had they kept to the gridiron.

But today, infamous wide receiver Terrell Owens somewhat delusionally turns that trope on its head. The 39-year-old NFL castoff, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2010, has apparently lobbied the Clippers for a chance in the NBA. From ProFootballTalk (via TBJ):

“Terrell Owens is always — he was at our practice facility this summer, begging coaches for a 10-day contract,” [Blake] Griffin said on the Dan Patrick Show.

You can hear Griffin’s comments about Owens here, as well as some other discussion about which pro football players would pan out best on the hardwood. It’s hard to tell whether Griffin’s comments are entirely sincere; it’s completely believable that Owens would be hanging out at the Clippers practice facilities, but the 10-day bit could just be one of Griffin’s usual dead-panned quips. Either way, it’s a pretty hilarious concept — Owens was slowly swept out of the NFL because of his declining athleticism and heavy baggage, and yet he apparently thinks himself capable of playing basketball at the highest level.

But this is what happens when a notoriously cocky athlete lets his two NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game MVP awards get to his head, I suppose. Owens supposedly has some game, but those kinds of assessments are typically made outside of an NBA context. I’m sure he’s dominant at the local health club, draws a slight crowd at charity games and looks great in his 35+ rec league. But rest assured that Owens won’t soon be coming to an NBA roster near you, for all of the most obvious reasons.


the bobcats would take him. he would certainly sell more tickets. that's for sure. why not? he'd also bring publicity to the team. if you suck, suck all the way with having T.O. in your club (if he does suck that is).

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Ha ha! Why he would beg to play for a Western Conference contender is beyond any of us. Want a job? Ask the Wizards, I heard they're taking anyone not named JaVale and Andray