In light of Marco Belinelli getting fined $15,000 for doing a feeble rendition of the Sam Cassell / Big Balls Dance near the end of the Bulls’ Game 7 win over the Nets in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, I did some research.
May 4, 2013: Marco Belinelli
This lackluster effort definitely deserved a fine, though I’m told the penalty was for the celebration itself and not for its poor quality. [Video]
January 14, 2009: Kobe Bryant
Great style, poor timing. Kobe made a late 3-pointer to put the Lakers ahead of the Spurs, only to be topped by a crazy and-1 from who else but
Manu Ginobili Tony Parker Tim Duncan… Roger Mason?! [Video]
February 3, 2009: Andre Iguodala
Too soon, part 2. Iggy’s otherwise well-executed dance got spoiled when Ray Allen hit a buzzer beater to lift the Celtics over the 76ers. The Hoop Doctors wrote about this. [Video]
February 11, 2009: Kobe Bryant
The final installment in the Premature Big Balls trilogy. Despite Kobe’s excellent form with the high knees, the Lakers ended up losing to the Jazz. [Video]
January 28, 2011: Josh Smith
Unlike his predecessors, J-Smoove actually grabbed his junk as the Hawks beat the Knicks. For his innovative effort, the league awarded him a $25,000 fine.
January 30, 2011: Eddie House
House was also fined $25,000 after clinching a Heat victory against the Thunder. Please note that coach Erik Spoelstra went with the more conservative / cost-effective / cowardly fist pump. [Video]
2012: Greg Slavin
My mans and ’em said this guy celebrated hard on multiple occasions.
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April 3, 2013: Kenneth Faried
The Manimal’s new-school interpretation of the age-old celebration drips swag, but dude, you’re on the bench! Courtesy SB Nation.
2004: Sam Cassell
Showing how it’s done. Check out the full court waddle, the extended hold of the arms, the way he contorts his face to look like an alien—oh wait.