NBA players are known to commit the dumbest injuries ever. The latest was Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant who was just warming up but ended up getting injured. He sustained it after he drove to the basket and attempted a layup. Durant slipped and twisted his ankle, rendering him out for at least two to three weeks.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. Back when Aaron Gordon was still with the Orlando Magic, he underwent jaw surgery. The reason? He and his brother Drew was roughhousing.

Nobody knew how it happened, but it was definitely a dumb way to miss games.

However, the injuries sustained by Durant and Gordon were not, per se, the dumbest injuries suffered by NBA players. Here’s a look at the most face-palming instances that left these professionals bruised, cut, or wounded.

OKBET Dumbest NBA injuries

Too Much Video Games

Nba players love games. An example is Los Angeles Clippers star, Paul George. He was such an avid gamer that he and Nike produced a PlayStation-inspired signature sneaker.

However, too much gaming can lead to injury and, worse, end someone’s career.

Just like what happened to Lionel Simmons, a former Sacramento Kings guard. Back in the day, Simmons was an excellent player. He won player of the honors during the 1990-1991 season.

But after that season, he received numerous Did Not Play (DNPs), eventually lasting only seven seasons in the league. Why? Because he contracted wrist tendonitis for playing too much Game Boy.

The condition affects the wrists’ tendons connecting the muscles to the bones. One of its causes is the hand’s overuse.

With what happened to Simmons, we guess that gaming can be harmful, ain’t it?

Bear Hug

The next on this list is not caused by the player but by his teammate.

According to Bleacher Report, former Phoenix Suns Kevin Johnson got injured after hitting a game-winning three against Portland. It happened after an elated Charles Barkley bear-hugged him, making him miss several games.

Apple Knife

This is probably one of the most ridiculous ways to get injured.

Derrick Rose fell asleep while eating an apple in bed. There was nothing wrong with falling asleep with food on your bed. But in the case of Rose, he was using a sharp knife while cutting it.

So when he grabbed a bottle of water, he accidentally sliced his arm open. It was a nasty cut and required several stitches.

It Burns!

Charles Barkley has done stupid things in his life, but nothing beats the injury that sidelined him in the first game of the Phoenix Suns.

Barkley attended an Eric Clapton concert and accidentally rubbed body lotion into his eyes. The chemicals in the lotion irritated his eyes. Upon checking, it was revealed that he had burned a layer off his corneas.

A ‘Cold’ Way to Leave NBA

Who thought leaving ice on the knees could not affect one’s physical capabilities? That would be B.J. Tyler, who, after getting drafted by the Toronto Raptors in 1995, made the mistake of falling asleep with ice on his knees. It was alleged that it was the reason for his decline and an early exit from the NBA.

According to Knee Force, icing the knees for a long period could lead to frostbite, redness, or even skin and nerve damage.

There is a possibility that Tyler’s knees suffered skin and nerve damage, forcing him to retire without reaching his full potential.

Players Should Not Wash Dishes

One of the dumbest injuries an NBA player could ever have is getting cut just by washing dishes. That is exactly what happened to Brad Miller.

Miller, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week, was extra motivated that day, and decided to do the dishes. Instead of cleaning the plates and utensils, he covered them with blood by cutting his right index finger.

It was bad enough to require nine stitches. The injury also slowed Miller’s momentum that season.

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a very creative money-making organization, and deserving players can get paid the highest amount possible.

Aside from their salary in the league, superstars like Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and others also get brand deals. Sponsorships are also on the table.

In a previous blog post, we compared the National Football League (NFL) and the NBA who makes the most money, and when it comes to who has the highest-paid players, the latter won.

According to CNBC, there are three reasons why athletes in NBA get paid so much: “league structure, salary caps, and rules around “guaranteed money” for players.”

As per Bleacher Report’s article, one example is the case of NBA player Joe Johnson. Despite not being a player of the same caliber as Kobe Bryant or Dwayne Wade, he was worth $70 million during his prime years with Atlanta Hawk.

OKBET bettors may remember the 2009-10 season, where Johnson was described as one of the “most coveted free agents.” Despite his decline, analysts expected him to receive a maximum deal.

Bleacher was stunned by how a guard such as Johnson could receive almost the same salary as Bryant and Wade. But that’s how it is in the NBA; your salary will depend on how your team perceives your value and how companies evaluate your popularity.

This ‘22-23 season, here are the top five highest-paid NBA players:

OKBET 5 Highest Paid NBA Players

#1 Stephen Curry – $48 million

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is cooking not only in the league but also in terms of salary. Currently, the NBA 2021-22 Finals MVP and four-time champion is the highest-paid player in the organization.

Based on ESPN, Curry is expected to earn a whopping $48 million by the end of this season. Last 2017, the greatest shooter of all time signed one of the biggest contract extensions in the history of the NBA—$201 million for five years with the Warriors. James Harden later broke the record by signing with the Philadelphia 76ers for $228 million.

#2 Russell Westbrook – $47 million

Westbrook of the Lost Angeles Lakers, despite not being one of the most explosive players in the league, is still earning more than Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. By the end of this season, Russell will receive $47 million in salary, unlike James ($44.4 million) and Davis ($37 million).

He is also playing fewer minutes than Austin Reaves. So why is he earning more? 

It is because of a 208 million contract back when he was still with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last season, the Lakers owed him $44.1 million, which jumps to $47 million for this new season.

But after this season, Westbrook will only be on a veteran’s minimum. It is expected to be around more than one million dollars.

#3 LeBron James – $44.4 million

Although now, at age 38, James is still considered to be one of the most dominant players in the league. His dominance reflects in his salary, which is $44.4 million.

The four-time NBA champion and the number two all-time scoring leader’s latest salary is from his two-year contract extension with the Lakers, amounting to 85.6 million.

#4 Kevin Durant – $44.1 million

Durant signed a four-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets for $194,219,320. By joining Kyrie Irving in the Nets, the two-time NBA champ is guaranteed to have $189,078,320.

This ‘22-’23 season, he used his dead cap value of $44,119,845 while having a cap hit of $44,124,845.

#5 Bradley Beal – $43.2 million

The Washington Wizard guard signed a five-year max contract valued at $251,019,650. His contract is also an absolute winner due to a 15 percent trade kicker clause. This agreement applies if Beal gets traded without his contract expiring. 

Also, by the ‘23-’24 season, he will earn an annual salary of $46,741,590.


The highest-paid NBA players receive more than $40 million annually. These are the athletes that are considered superstars and can possibly bring their team a title.

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