Answer: Anfernee Hardaway
"Little Penny", a puppet based on former NBA player Anfernee Hardaway and voiced by Chris Rock, helped Nike sell a lot of shoes during the 1990's.
Answer: Alonzo Mourning
Few players have displayed the resiliency of center Alonzo Mourning who retired from the NBA in 2003 due to kidney disease, had a transplant in 2004 and then returned to play for the Miami Heat in 2005, helping them win a championship in 2006.
Answer: Gilbert Arenas
Though Gilbert "Agent Zero" Arenas may never make the Hall of Fame, during the height of his career, he was absolutely impossible to defend.
Answer: John Amaechi
Though Jason Collins later gained popularity for being the first active gay NBA player, John Amaechi, who played in the NBA from 1995 to 2003, came out in 2007, a whole six years before Collins did.
Answer: Nik Stauskas
Shooting guard Nik Stauskas acquired the moniker "Sauce Castillo" due to a closed-captioning error that was made in reference to his real name in 2015.
Answer: Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose suffered an ACL injury the following season and though remaining a viable player never regained the MVP form of the earlier days of his career, when he set a record at age 22 for youngest MVP ever.
Answer: Phil Jackson
Though Phil Jackson set the record for NBA Championships won by a Head Coach during his time with the Lakers, his skills as an executive afterwards left much to be desired.
Answer: Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors actually selected Vinsanity fifth in the 1998 Draft and then traded him to the Toronto Raptors for his college teammate, Antawn Jamison, who was selected fourth.
Answer: Karl Malone
In December of 1991, Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone inflicted a vicious elbow to Thomas' eye which resulted in a gruesome scene, 40 stitches and a permanent scar. Rightfully this incident is considered one of the most unsportsmanlike acts in NBA history.
Answer: Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant, who played for the Oklahoma City Thunder at the time, starred in "Thunderstruck" alongside Taylor Gray and Jim Belushi.