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5. The One With All the Ejections. Competitive athletics can be frustrating. Just ask “Red Ross.” Remember the moniker Ross gave himself during a football game that no one seemed to remember ever being his nickname? I remember Chris Paul seeing red after getting ejected from a 2013 playoff Game 4. Zach Randolph, by contrast, used his ejection to celebrate with fans - less “Red Ross,” and more “sick toss” as he launched his headband into the stands on his way to the locker room.
4. The One With the Self-Congratulation. Remember Chandler’s annoying boss who repeatedly smacked him on the butt and yelled “BING!”? That must have been very awkward for Chandler. Speaking of awkward, in 2014, Marc Gasol returned after being injured and played a heck-of-a-game against Oklahoma City. In fact, he was so proud of himself that he proceeded to perform his own leaping butt-slap move. You’ve seen it. It has been memorialized in the Memphis GIF Hall of Fame.
3. The One Where Chris Paul Got Kicked in the Face. In one Friends episode, Ross teaches Rachel and Phoebe how to achieve “Unagi,” a word Ross mistakenly believed to mean a state of total awareness. It is hard to know whether Tony Allen was harnessing Unagi when he introduced his foot to Chris Paul’s face in a November 2013 game against the Clippers, but it was memorable nonetheless.
2. The One Where We Took That for Data. With pressure mounting and her apartment on the line, Rachel snd Monica were asked yo name Chandler’s job title. Rachel blurted out, “TRANSPONSTER!” It was incorrect but had something to do with data. David Fizdale channeled his inner transponster when he pointed out the large discrepancy in free throws awarded between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs and told the media to “take that for data.”
- The One With the Masked Man. Masks have shown up a couple of places in Friends. Ross, Chandler and Joey use beauty masks for their oily T-Zones. Monica goes so far as to put an entire Thanksgiving Turkey on her head to cheer up Chandler. Masks can hide emotions, both literally and metaphorically. In Mike Conley’s case, his mask hid his broken face. That is right. During BBQ Fest Weekend, on a beautiful May evening, Mike Conley surprised us all by defying all laws of physics and playing an awesome game to defeat the Golden State Warriors in a high-stakes playoff game. This will go down as an all-time epic moment.