Word on the Street

Smother Chicken (smuh’-thur chi’-kuhn) noun, pl. smother chickens. An authoritative blocked shot in which the defender’s entire hand is used to halt the forward momentum of the basketball. Often results in an ego-ectomy.

Usage example: “Did you see Shawn Bradley’s smother chicken on Greg Ostertag last night?”

Word history: First recorded usage was by Bill Walton during the 1985-86 season to describe a particularly vicious blocked shot. Walton claims the term originated in the late 1970s when he was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The smother chicken, followed by the ego-ectomy.


Labels: Greg Ostertag / Shawn Bradley / Bill Walton / Portland Trail Blazers / Word on the Street

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