Many moons ago, when YouTube was but a gleam in the eye of various software engineers and businessmen, ABC aired a show called "America's Funniest Home Videos." In retrospect, it was essentially a forerunner of Internet viral videos. Families and individuals would bring in tape of animals doing weird things, babies acting like adults, and grown men getting hit in the crotch with various objects. Then the studio audience would vote on their favorite video, and the winner would get $10,000, which in 2012 U.S. currency roughly translates to 10 million views on YouTube.
Now what does any of this have to do with the NBA? This week, various NBA rookies convened in New York for the annual rookie photoshoot. At one point, Boston Celtics first-round pick Fab Melo and a few of his rookie colleagues sat in rickety folding chairs. Melo's broke, and he fell, and everyone laughed. Because it is pretty funny.
Twenty years ago, the NBA would have submitted this clip to AFHV, and David Stern and Adam Silver would have won the $10,000 grand prize. Then Bob Saget would have interviewed them, and we would still be watching that moment today on YouTube. And so it all comes full circle.
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