For some reason, one of the NBA’s go-to rookie hazing pranks is filling a player’s car with popcorn. I mean, it was funny the first few times we saw it, but now we’ve seen it over and over again for years. Why no one will mix it up is beyond me, but whatever, the guys seem to really love it (and I get it that popcorn won’t actually damage the car).
The latest to get the treatment is Cavs rookie Dion Waiters, who got popcorn’d over the weekend and posted the aftermath on his instagram feed.
Let’s take a look at some examples of the NBA popcorn prank of recent years:
Back in 2008, the Kings felt like Jason Thompson was shirking his rookie responsibilities. The result? Popcorn:
In 2010, jason Richardson apparently didn’t like that Warriors rookie Patrick O’Bryant didn’t do as he was told. The punishment: Popcorn:
And this is what Deron Williams and cohorts did to MarShon Brooks last year (posted on D-Will’s instagram).
And just for good measure (it’s not a rookie and it’s not popcorn, but still), here’s what happened when Louis Amundson filled Shaq‘s van with styrofoam peanuts back in 2009 when they were both on the Suns:
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