Muniz seen here just minutes before nearly being split in half by Ice Cube.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBA Entertainment League play ended in tragedy at the Staples Center on Thursday night when TV’s Frankie Muniz ended up in a coma after trying to draw a charge against rapper/actor Ice Cube.
Muniz, the 35-year-old star of "Malcolm in the Middle," stepped into the lane as Cube drove full speed toward the goal. Cube ran through Muniz, sending the frail actor flying backward onto the hardwood and instantly shattering his ribs, said teammate Joel Steinberg, who apparently produces some show on the WB.
"Poor kid," Steinberg said. "We were even considering him for a guest appearance on ‘Veronica Mars.’ And now this."
Steinberg stood in disbelief with two or fewer other players as Muniz was covered with a white sheet and placed in critical condition by Patrick Dempsey of ABC’s "Grey’s Anatomy."
Critics wonder how the 4’11", 97 pound Muniz was ever let onto the court in the first place.
Cube, on his way to fucking around and getting a triple-double, stood on the sidelines in disbelief as well.
"First of all, that ma’fucka was movin,’" Cube said. "I saw him slide his right foot so that shit is a block. Second of all, he shouldn’t even be playing basketball. Period. He like 100 pounds – drippin wet with sand in each pocket."
No word yet on what, if any, impact this will have on future league play. The NBA Entertainment League, in its fifth year, is popular among rappers, R&B musicians, marginal actors and douchebag producers.