Somewhat inspired by Lives' brilliant posts on the Artists of Coaching I and II, I've put together a collection of players that have comparable looks and mannerisms as some celebrities.
First up is our boy Manu Ginobili. His look alike is none other than Balki from the sitcom Perfect Strangers. Like Balki, Manu was a stranger in a foreign country just trying to learn the ways of America. Balki's cousin tried to take him under his wing but often Balki proved to more capable of solving the crisis that the pair found themselves in. Ginobili is a prime example of the globalization of the American game of basketball.
Next up are the brothers separated at birth, Kyle Korver and Ashton Kutcher. I know I'm not the first person to point out the uncanny resemblance between these two but come on, who's going to deny that if Kutcher were a basketball player that he'd be rocking the knee high socks and shaggy haircut? No one.
This concludes the first installment of The NBA Look Alikes. Next up is Nate Robinson, Rajon Rando, and more.
Finally. Stern makes it known that he has no desire for LeBron to come to New York killing all, but the most blind, speculation that the Knicks are in line for a marked envelope in 2010 free agency. On the day he presented LeBron with the MVP award, Stern said, "Hopefully he'll stay. That's the way the system is designed. That's the way it should be. It allows teams to keep their own players." Do you still think that Stern is working behind the scenes to help the Knicks get LeBron? Do YOU still think LeBron is coming to New York?
Check Out These Articles For Your Reading Pleasure:
Only 52 Days Until The 2010 NBA Draft
The Artists of Coaching, Part I
The Artists of Coaching, Part II
Tampering: Keep My Name Out of Your Mouth
Gullible Returns with The 10 Commandments of 2010 Knicks Optimism!
To the "GROUND ZERO" fanatics, looks like the basketball gods are smiling upon our Knicks. Daniel Orton is off our list as he's currently ranked as the 11th selection overall. I believe there has never been
a freshman backup that has went so high in a draft, however, it is factual to say that the THUNDER promised this guy that they would take him with their first pick.
This article is the final part of the two part Photoshop essay series matching NBA coaches with the notable artists they remind us of in deed, temperament, style or life story. In the earlier segment, Artists of Coaching, Part I, we saw Red Auerbach lead off as the great Leonardo DaVinci followed by Pat Riley with Picasso cool, Doc Rivers with Romaire Bearden skills, Phil Jackson with Andy Warhol career and impact and Mike D'Antoni with the energy of Jackson Pollack.
In this part, we take a look at Greg Popovich, Stan Van Gundy, Don Nelson, George Karl and Jerry Sloan. Certainly, you can see Don Nelson as wacky Salvadore Dali and Stan Van Gundy as the melancholy Vincent Van Gogh. Enjoy and let us know what artists your fave coaches remind you of.6. George Karl does it like Renoir
Imagine Carl presenting players(Chauncey above, Lawson below) as Renoir paintings instead of numbered jerseys!
George Karl admits that he coaches to his personality – assertive and impatient. In coaching over 1600 games, including a sixth game elimination loss in the 1996 NBA Championships to Michael Jordan’s (and Phil Jackson’s) Bulls, Karl has preferred the up-tempo offense flowing from defensive pressure – although it usually seemed his teams were defenseless. His impatience and aggression is reminiscent of the work and style of famed impressionist Pierre August-Renior, who was known to create many works in a short time-span.
A description of Renoir’s work easily reads like a description of Karl’s coaching style (notes added): “Renoir's paintings Karl’s offense and commentary are notable for their vibrant light and saturated color, most often focusing on people in intimate and candid compositions [remember his comments about new NBA coaches who never coached and his honest love – not – for Isiah Thomas]. The female nude was one of his primary subjects. [I know nothing about Karl and nudes]. In characteristic Impressionist style, Renoir Karl suggested the details of a scene play through freely brushed touches of color, so that his figures offensive and defensive sets softly fuse with one another and their surroundings.”
Renior, who was prolific (like Karl) in painting thousands of pictures, at one point in his career rejected impressionism and began to mix his style with the classical technique in 18th century art. He concentrated more on realism and details and the distinctions between people and other elements in the painting. Similarly for this coach, the rise of Carmelo Anthony has encouraged the basketball artist in Karl to return to more classical notions of the distinction between offense and defense. In other words, you can now see his teams play more defense.
Karl had Moe but Renoir had Monet. Another curious parallel is the degree to which Renoir’s professional relationship with Claude Monet mirrors Karl’s relationship with Doug Moe. Back in the day, Renoir and Monet, another famed impressionist, would stand side-by-side and paint the same scene. Doug Moe, another former Denver Nugget coach who is also known for his run and gun offense, is currently an assistant coach on the sideline with Karl.
Would you root for a totally different starting five of all lower draft picks? Dare we be different?
Seriously think about this Scenario! Keep in mind we hold onto our Cap Space!
Drafting five lower picks to become our STARTING FIVE may sound crazy, right?
I started following @forKnicksfans on Twitter a few weeks ago and one of the articles that they linked to was this one about Danilo Gallinari , and his desire to see Lebron James in a Knicks uniform next year. The first sentence explains that Gallo may have committed tampering. It led me to wonder exactly what tampering is and how often the fine line is going to be walked during this off season.
According to the NBA Salary Cap FAQ, "tampering is when a player or team directly or indirectly entices, induces or persuades anybody (player, general manager, etc.) who is under contract with another team to negotiate for their services. The NBA takes tampering very seriously and may impose stiff penalties if it is discovered."
Seems simple enough. Just don't call someone out by name until they are a free agent.
Then there's weird cases like this one involving the ahem.... "fiesty," over involved owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban.
And the cozy relationship between Jay-Z and James has to leave some shaking their heads.
Just a little something to chew on as the playoffs heat up and the off season looms
Most coaches are like visual artists – they bring a distinct style to their craft. Their personal style embodies a philosophy of coaching and approach to basketball translated through an internal rhythm – a personal feel for the game and its people. The coaches’ creativity is expressed in how they use their resources and knowledge to lead others. There style is seen in how they impose themselves on a game or an entire season. For example, where the court is a canvas and the game clock is a series of fluid borders, the players can be seen as everything from fine brushes and palette knives to colorful paints; player rotations can be viewed as bold strokes of color; and the beauty or distorted horror of end-game decisions can be seen in the foundation sketched earlier by a coach on his practice pad or practice court. A coach can be a master artist (as John Wooden) or one who paints by the numbers, or even better, a sloppy fingerpainter who just makes a plain mess of everything.
Contrary to what some think, coaches (and artists, for that matter) matter as they lead, inspire, teach, and create an environment for personnel to thrive. Too many fans and self-appointed experts discount the importance of the coach’s impact on the game, largely because it is difficult to quantify beyond wins and losses. For now, there are no commonly used statistics to explain the relationship between Kobe’s shooting percentage and Phil Jackson’s decision-making, but no stats are necessary for an “expert” to know that Jackson’s role is essential to the many championships won by Kobe and Michael Jordan. Yes, the coach matters, but not merely as a technician and leader who simply directs traffic or gets out of the players’ way and “lets them play.”
The coach matters as a creator, as in artist and upon close examination and comparison the most notable NBA coaches are similar to the greatest artists in history. Certain coaches resemble specific artists in their philosophy, temperament, style, master works, approach to their craft or in some cases public persona or physical characteristics. This two-part series further explores the relationship between basketball and art by matching ten of professional basketball's most recognizable coaches with their creative counterparts in the art world.
We begin by matching the true classics:
1. Red Auerbach is Leonardo DaVinci
"That Smile Is What Does It."
As a coach with only one losing season in 24 years including high school, Red Auerbach (1917-2006) is the basketball equivalent of Leonardo DaVinci (1452-1519) or perhaps DaVinci is the artistic equivalent of Auerbach.
DaVinci, who created great paintings and sculptures and designed architectural projects, has been described as "the lynchpin of the High Renaissance, with a dizzying array of talents embracing art and science." He has been lauded for his "mastery of clear organizational and arrangement of groups and his understanding of perspective." The description also fits Auerbach perfectly. Like DaVinci, a man of many talents, who was also a chief surveyor, engineer and map maker, Auerbach was Mr. Everything for the Celtics. While winning nine (9) NBA titles, Auerbach "controlled every aspect of Boston's franchise, coaching the team by himself, signing free agents, trading and waiving players, making draft picks, scouting college players, driving the team's bus on road trips, handling the team's business affairs."
DaVinci is noted for being innovative in capturing human emotion and expression in his masterworks. Auerbach was the master psychologist. His focus was on winning through personal development of each and every player. As a result of his bombastic, larger than life image, the aspect of Auerbach that is taken for granted or ignored is ability his to deal with people and to treat each person as an important part of the whole. In his recent book, Red and Me, detailing his friendship with Auerbach, Celtic great Bill Russell wrote: "He was there to coach men, and he knew the responsibilities and functions of coaching men. He was tough as hell on us when he felt we needed it. . . .But even when he was being tough on us, he always asked for our input. In fact, what most people never knew about Red was that he respected that everyone on the team knew as much as he did."
Russell further described Auerbach as a man with a mathematical, calculating mind (not unlike DaVinci who was a mathematician) but with a flexibility that allowed Russell to block shots at will when the common belief was that a good defender should not leave his feet. Auerbach did not try to make a player's style conform to some established notion of how basketball should be played. Red was not wedded to some false notion about "fundamental basketball" being the best way to play. For example, Red did not like Bob Cousy as a baller before he was practically forced upon him. However, once the fancy dribbler joined the team, Red refused to change Cousy's style and simply demanded that any pass he threw, whether from between his legs or on the bounce, be catchable. He allowed his players to thrive as individuals within the team.