I always thought Zydrunas Ilgauskas to be one of the more "professional players." Quiet leader, reliable, and doesn't make excuses.
He has overcome constant pain in his feet, has had to deal with insomnia, and had to deal with the trauma of his wife giving birth to stillborn twins. Still goes out there and performs, though. You never hear anything bad about about him, and he never makes a food out of himself on/off the court.
I always respect the players like Ira Newble, who get limited playing time but, when their number is called, they go out and give it everything that they have. There is no whining or complaining for playing time.
Just do what you are supposed to do when you're supposed to do it.
Sheeeeeeiiiiiiittttttttt, if I was a role player that had no skills but still got paid in 7 figures, I would act like a professional too.
Kevin Willis (retired) Boozer cassell Mcdyess
I'm gonna have to blast you on some of these. No way Brown belongs there, he flipped over Charlie Ward in the '97 playoffs. Kidd was unprofessional when he hit his wife in 2001. Boozer was extremely unprofessional in th way he left Cleveland. Sam Cassell is unprofessional in the skirmishes he has gotten into during his tenure. And Antonio McDyess has done some foolish things, and was known to have a temper early in his career.