Word on the Street

Sledgehammer (slej-ham-er) adjective. A basketball player that’s crudely or ruthlessly forceful; lacking all dexterity or grace. No skills, just size.

Usage example: The 76ers brought in Manute Bol to be their sledgehammer.

Word history: Coined in the 2005 movie comedy Rebound. Roy McCormick (Martin Lawrence) is a basketball coach who need to start over too prove himself. He ends up as the new coach at his old school Mount Vernon High, teaching the junior varsity team how to play ball. To their second game, Roy has brought in a 6-2 boy named Wes. (Steven Christopher Parker) Problem is that Wes ain’t a baller, he’s never played in his life. So the deal is that, he just walk onto the court, looking big and mean. Fooling the other team that he’s an amazing player, when his not.

Hey ref! Can we get an id check here. That kid look old enough to drink.

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