Bad Kobe! Stop Humping That Poor Girl’s Leg!

As an athlete, you can always tell when you’ve crossed over from just being a basketball player or a football player into an icon when kids all over the country start popping up with your name.  As a teenager growing up in the 90’s, I met many new babies named Jordan or Payton around the city of Chicago.   If you think about it, it’s probably a great honor to know that people enjoy you so much they want to name their children after you, but what about the people that don’t have any kids?

(She thought it was love, he just thought it was a good time)

There are just as many, if not more, pet-owners in the world than there are parents, and they need something to name their dogs or cats too.   Well, athletes names are just as popular amongst pets as they are babies, with one name being more prevalent than any other.   Here’s a hint: He wears the number 24 and has been accused of humping a girl’s leg without her permission before.

Which NBA star would you name your pet after?

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From the LOS ANGELES TIMES:

From a database of more than 465,000 pets insured by Veterinary Pet Insurance (indeed, it’s medical coverage for dogs, cats, birds and exotic domesticated animals), 359 pets are named “Kobe,” making it the 189th-most popular name out of 65,536 pet names across the nation.

Five pets in the database are named “LeBron,” two are named “Yao Ming,” and there’s a “Boston Garnett” along with a “Dirk Nowitzki.”

The most unusual sports name in the pet world, however, might belong to a Yorkshire Terrier that answers to “Kobe Shaq Jackson.”

It’s not surprising the Kobe Bryant’s name would be so popular among pets, because Kobe is known worldwide, and Kobe really is a good name for a dog.  It’s short, and easy to remember.   Though I still like my dog better.

I have a rabid Rottweiler that I keep tied to a tree outside my house to keep children, old people, and solicitors away.   He’ll kill in a heartbeat if anyone wanders too close.   His name is Ron Artest.