Damon Jones / TNT Drama
Everything started with Miami Heat Damon Jones wearing sunglasses indoors at the post game press conference of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Jones later declared in the interview "I feel like a movie star". "The basket looked really, really big," Jones said. "Like South Beach. It's a big beach over there, really big. Beautiful, too."
Jones was aksed the next day by the NBA not to wear glasses anymore at post game press conferences. The NBA later explained that this has nothing to do with Jones but that a "memo" was sent to teams before the season regarding postgame-interview attire. "It includes no wearing of headgear, and sunglasses and hats are included in that," a league spokesperson said.
The New York Post reported that "Stan [Van Gundy] and Pat Riley didn't ask me [to take them off]," Jones said before the Heat flew to New Jersey for tonight's Game 3. "The NBA did. I don't know why. I don't get into that but know Charles Barkley gave me some bleep about it. The only reason he did that is because he doesn't look as good as I do. He can't find sunglasses to fit his big, fat, bald head. He's on the stage to where he gets on a lot of people about a lot of things. I'm just shooting back." -
Trouble expanded started later for Damon Jones when TNT's Barkley and Smith were having fun comparing him to Alfred the Butler on the Batman show, with Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade playing the more glamorous roles of Batman and Robin.
Jones seemed to enjoy one day of the Alfred jokes but, after watching TNT dress him up with a tuxedo and a toilet brush, he felt offended.