Terrence Ross Says the NBA's Groupie Culture Is a 'Myth' Due to Security

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 14, 2014

USA Today

During Terrence Ross's "Ask Me Anything" segment on Reddit, the Toronto Raptors swingman dished out on quite a few interesting topics, including Vince Carter's unfortunate penchant for being booed by supporters of his former franchise. 

One of the many highlights came when someone with the handle "ddaylewis" asked a question that would make the late Wilt Chamberlain cringe: "How do you best avoid the women who hang out in hotel lobbies waiting for NBA players (gold-diggers). Did any of the vets advise you in this matter?"

Ross' answer might surprise you. 

According to the second-year pro, the NBA's groupie culture is now a thing of the past. It's nothing more than a myth, due to the omnipresent nature of security. "That's a myth...that's never happened. There's so much security now," he replied before checking out on that subject and moving on to the next one. 

For the younger basketball fans out there, groupie culture used to be quite prevalent in the Association, and Yahoo! Sports' Eric Freeman breaks down the concept: 

Historically, one subset has included young women looking for relationships in which they can receive gifts (both large and small), child support, and virtually anything else that allows them to provide for themselves. In the classic example, this "groupie" culture involves dozens of women simply hanging around team hotels and arenas in the hopes of catching a player's eye. It's believed to be widespread enough that events such as the league's rookie transition program teach players how to stay mindful of when people are taking advantage of their wealth.

Freeman speculates about the chance that Ross is either oblivious or trying to cover up tabloid fodder, but he also gives the young swingman credit, writing that he's likely accurate about the situation. 

Security is everywhere, and the groupie stories do pop up with much less frequency these days. 

Basically, Ross gets to focus on his basketball and work toward putting up the second 50-point game of his career. And that's exactly what the Raptors should want.