WATCH: NBA Game Witnesses Absurd Scenes As Fans Put Insects on Themselves

Published 10/31/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Oct 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New York Knicks center Taj Gibson (67) tips in the ball in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas (17) in the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans are having poles apart seasons. On one hand, the Knicks are at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 5-1 record so far. The Pelicans, on the other hand, are right at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 1-6 record. And it was quite expected when the Knicks defeated the Pelicans 123-117 tonight. However, as sad as it is, the NBA halftime show during the game was far more interesting and crazy.

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NBA Fans get a face to face with roaches during Pelicans vs Knicks halftime

Oct 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Herbert Jones (5) is defended by New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) in the second half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

NBA halftime shows are always a mix of many things. From pop stars like Drake, Rihanna, J.Cole, and Mariah Carey performing to some wild challenges that keep us entertained while we wait for the third quarter of a game to resume. A lot of times, these tend to become far more intriguing than the game itself. Exactly that happened during the New York Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans matchup.

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So during halftime, some three fans were challenged to hold out their hands. While doing so, roaches were one by one placed on their palms and allowed to move about for 15 seconds. In fact, they were placed on their necks and shoulders as well.

While the first contestant was as cool as a cucumber, the next two seemed quite nervous. Well, who wouldn’t be? Fortunately, all of them completed the challenge successfully.

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Some other crazy halftime shows

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There isn’t anything the league doesn’t try out to keep fans busy and entertained during the incredibly long halftime. We have seen dog shows, balancing acts, basketball tricks, circus tricks, magic, gymnastics, and so on and so forth.

However, some notable names are Amazing Sladek, the Red Panda, Christian, and Scooby, and Steve Max. These are just a few of them who have managed to bring out the best acts for the audience to enjoy.

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This only makes us realize that the NBA is so much more than just a game. The league invests a lot in keeping fans intrigued and what better way than to keep these halftime shows, as crazy as crawling roaches on people’s bodies, right?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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