Rudy Gobert of the Jazz is a rookie, and as a rookie, he has rookie duties, including bringing doughnuts to practice. He forgot those duties Monday (via Sportando), which earned him punishment in the form of a car filled with popcorn:
I’m hearing Jazz rookie Rudy Gobert forgot to bring the donuts. This is the consequence pic.twitter.com/owF2uJ6TgG— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) February 24, 2014
Rudy is cleaning up the mess right now pic.twitter.com/R1aSKVPywv— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) February 24, 2014
The clean-up required a leaf blower:
A massive clean up effort is now underway. You know it’s serious when they break out the leaf blower pic.twitter.com/HJgp3JRPPj— Jeremiah Jensen (@JJSportsBeat) February 24, 2014
Now, filling a car with popcorn is a decent prank. It's extremely annoying, but not devastating by any means. It is, however, mind-bogglingly unoriginal in the NBA.
Jason Thompson got it:
(Spencer Hawes says "whip".)
Patrick O'Bryant got it:
MarShon Brooks got it:
Kent Bazemore got it:
Dion Waiters got it:
"That ain't no [expletive] joke," Martin said. "I'm going to find out who did it ... put my [expletive] hands on one of y'all. I'm going to put my hands on whoever did it. You better believe that. It's [expletive] personal. You better believe it."
And to mix it up a little, Louis Amundson once filled Shaquille O'Neal's car up with packing peanuts.
So there are some variations, but it's almost always rookies and almost always popcorn. It's as if some obscure NBA bylaw cites car-popcorning as the specific punishment designated for a failure to perform rookie duties. That's the only explanation, right? Or maybe it's because large quantities of popcorn are readily available at NBA arenas? Whatever it is, NBA players need to get more creative with their pranks. Miss u, Gilbert Arenas.