Monday, March 14, 2005

NBA Lookalikes

The NBA Lookalike List

This Monday I got the opportunity to play a little ball back in the hometown on a gorgeous 'spring-is-coming' day. I was with 3 of my buddies when we showed up at the courts to find 7 high schoolers heaving up 2-foot bricks, tripping over their shoelaces, and just looking like total doofuses. To make matters worse, of the 2 full courts only one halfcourt was playable due to the melting snow, so we were stuck trying to figure out whether we should tell the chumps to beat it, or just play along with them and suffer through the 23-foot fadeaway jumpers and Koren Robinson-esque dropped passes. And then Joel Pryzbilla showed up and solved all of our problems because we could just run 4-on-4 with a team sitting out. Wait-- Joel Pryzbilla?! That's right-- Joel Pryzbilla...if he was 9 inches shorter, 50 lbs lighter, and about 10 years younger. Anthony wasn't there, but he would have died if he saw the kid. We've always loved finding people that look exactly like somebody else and then dubbing them with a nickname, like the kid we played with a couple months ago who within five minutes we had responding to, "Pavel Podkolzine" (I'm not even kidding, you should have seen this dude). Anyways, this Joel Pryzbilla cat got me thinking-- what NBA players and personalities have lookalikes out there? You're about to find out...

Somehow I managed to forget the most compelling...mind-boggling...flabbergasting lookalike of them all...

...truly amazing, isn't it?! But you know what's the most perplexing thing of all about the Collins twins? How they both manage to!

Okay, this is the last time I'm updating unless anything spectacular comes to mind or is presented to me. Anyways, here we have Corey Maggette of the Clippers. Cut dude, huh?

Xzibit also represents the West Coast, but I think his crew represents SoCal a lil better than Maggette's.

Big Z is a pretty solid baller, but he does have that slumpy drawl to him... does Peter Stormare ("8mm", "Big Lebowski") who's voice I always imagined Big Z talked with.

Longtime NBA coach Del Harris, famous for his flawless white 'do...and also for ruining any team he's ever had a head coaching job for...

...and Leslie Nielsen (aka Frank Dreben), who's notorious for being in awesomely terrible movies like "The Naked Gun" and "Airplane".

For all of us UConn fans, this image of Emeka Okafor makes us remember that we have 2 championships in the last 5 years and you don't.

This is Taye Diggs from a bunch of crappy movies ("House on Haunted Hill", "Malibu's Most Wanted") and he's got a little Emeka in him, but whatever, all I'm thinking about is how sweet it will be when UConn wins a 3rd championship this year.

He now rocks a Lakers uniform, but regardless of what threads Chucky Atkins has on, he's still a dead ringer for...

...Kevin Eubanks, Jay Leno's band leader on "The Tonight Show".

Every time Calvin Booth opens his mouth, I envision him ripping an "Arrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!"...

...much like Chewbacca. Seriously though, take away the body covered in hair and I bet something like Calvin Booth shows up.

I owe Bill Simmons for this one, even though I don't really see it too much. Mike D'Antoni has got the moustache goin', that's for sure.

But does he really have any other feature that resembles Tom "Viper" Skerritt?

You guys wanted it, I'm giving it to you. The classic NBA/celebrity comparison of Robert Horry...

...and Will Smith. I suppose in their younger years they looked pretty similar, but nowadays I just don't see it anymore.

Celtics legend and now Timberwolves GM/Coach Kevin McHale has always had a sort of mechanical look to him. Couple that with the hair and shape of his head and what do you have?

How about Frankenstein? Lurch seemed like a possibility, but after much consideration, I decided the classic Bela Lugosi portrayal of Frankenstein suited McHale pretty well.

Pretty boy Wally Szczerbiak never saw a shot he didn't like, and never met a defensive matchup he could handle...

Joshua Jackson of "Dawson's Creek" and "Skulls" fame, who at this point in his struggling career has never been offered a role he didn't like.

Baron Davis is a truly gifted player that has battled injuries the past couple of years and now seeks retribution in Oakland with the Warriors.

Kanye West has also dealt with his share of injuries, but unlike the Baron, Kanye has bounced back strong and now is at the top of his game. It's probably worth mentioning that Kanye's jaw is puffy due to the car accident, whereas Baron's seems to be natural. Whatever.

How could I miss this one?! I've been calling my boy Varejao 'Sideshow Bob' all season!

Obviously these two aren't spitting images of each other and people make this connection simply because of the hair, but what the hell--it's all good fun.

As good a guy that he is, Reggie Miller has had as many haters out there (mostly Knick fans) as just about anybody. That's why I almost feel bad about sending him into retirement with a gift like this...

...ouch. This is Quark from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" who appears to be a rather sharp dude with the exception of his ENTIRE HEAD. At least Reggie is human...right?

I tried to go out of my way to not mention the similar looks of Kyle Korver and Ashton Kutcher because to me, they just don't look too much alike.

Okay, maybe they do. But I like Korver and respect him-- if Kutcher were an NBA player he'd be more like a Wally Szczcerbiak or a Casey Jacobsen.

A late edition to the list-- Donyell Marshall has taken on several looks throughout the years, but with the braids a couple years ago...

...Donyell did have a little Ludacris look going on. It's a shame that he can't have Lud's arms from that video though.

I know, I know-- I've already proclaimed that Jason Biggs looks like Kirk Hinrich, but just take a gander for yourself.

It's actually funny if you think about it-- Biggs could never pass for an athlete, but in all seriousness, do you think chicks actually throw themselves all over Kirk Hinrich when he tells them he's the starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls?

Bear with me here, I'm starting off slow and saving the best for last. Here we have Tom Everett Scott of "An American Wearwolf in Paris" and "That Thing You Do" .

And here we have Luke Jackson, formerly an Oregon Duck, now done for the year after season-ending back surgery in what has been a frustating rookie season for the lottery pick.

The much ballyhooed former high school prodigy Sebastian Telfair--who could possibly look as young as him without being a pre-teen?

How about 3-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey? Is the resemblance here not uncanny?! I caught wind of this one awhile ago and there is simply no denying how similar these two phenoms look.

Telfair's teammate in Portland Darius Miles, also a former high school dynamo, has recently been under scrutiny for his immature behavior.

So apparently the similarities between Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress, also known for being a problem child, run deeper than just their seemingly identical looks.

No, Kobe Bryant doesn't exactly have a clone out there. But it does appear that Ricky Davis might...

...and his name is Andre 3000 of Outkast, seen here in his feature-film debut, "Be Cool", released to harrowing reviews last week. Of course we have to keep in mind that Tricky Ricky has about 10 inches on 'Dre.

Another musical superstar, you might already know that Pharrell Williams has a lookalike that landed in Hollywood last summer.

These pictures don't do the similarities justice, but these guys rock the same ice on their ears, have the same 'do, and both sport those half-closed eyes.

M.E.T.H.O.D. MAN! The main man of Wu Tang who will sew your buttcheeks together and keep feedin' you, and feedin' you, and feedin' you...

Kenyon Martin is a nasty dude himself, but I think he'd settle for a flagrant foul if he wanted to torture you. Seriously though, isn't K-Mart the NBA equivalent to Method Man? A talented, emphatic, sometimes reckless guy who's much better as part of a team than on his own. And you could argue that they both even sold out, too...

Jaime Foxx has now entered mega-stardom territory after winning an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray". And though his look may not strike a resemblance at first sight...

...there is simply no denying that Foxx and Steve Francis bear a very close resemblance in these two pictures. Same hair, similar eyes, but it's really the 'stache that links the two.

Try not to pay attention to Yao Ming in the back who's either upset about a foul call, or in some serious pain after sitting on a fusili McGrady. Instead focus on the short, middle-aged bald man on the left, Jeff Van Gundy.

Actor David Paymer ("Carpool", "Get Shorty") actually played a basketball coach in "The 6th Man" with Marlon Wayans and Dwyane Wayne (Kadeem Hardison actually, but he'll be Dwyane Wayne for life), and interestingly enough, the movie came out in 1997-- the same time Van Gundy was strolling the sidelines at MSG as coach of the Knicks. Coincidence?

And then we have Jeff's brother, Stan Van Gundy. I'm not sure what the hell he's doing with his hands, but it looks like it might be something that... legend Ron Jeremy has done to a chick in one of his thousands of movies. I wonder if anyone has approached Stan Van and said, "you know, you look just like "The Hedgehog", Ron Jeremy. Short, stouty, cheesy moustache, and you seem to sweat a lot." Perhaps this is why Alonzo Mourning isn't getting off the bench in Miami.

Lawrence Frank -short, dorky, but a very intelligent coach.

Ken Jennings -short, dorky, but a very intelligent Jeopardy player.

Okay, so he's a college coach, but I couldn't possibly leave out Maryland coach Gary Williams and his lookalike...

...Dennis Hopper, who brings the same intensity, craziness, and savvy to the screen as Williams brings to the sidelines.

Wild Boy Steve-O!

This one might be a bit of a stretch, but Steve-O and Mike Miller both share that kind of goofy look that makes it difficult to take either seriously.

Mike Bibby is one of my personal favorites-- a guy known for his grittiness, gamesmanship, and ability to lead his peers...

...much like Kermit the Frog, who has carried "The Muppets" on his shoulders for years now. Now perhaps Bibby might not have green skin, but I'm sure he gets chased by tons of piggies and the voice, oh the voice!

Upon further review, perhaps Dr. Evil's sidekick Mini-Me is the more suitable Mike Bibby lookalike. Just slap on a Kings uni and we've got Mini-Bibby.

Ah, I saved the two best for last. One of my favorites-- Manu Ginobili? Who in the world could possibly look like Manu?!

It's Bronson Pinchot aka "Balki Bartokomous" from TGIF's classic show "Perfect Strangers"! The nose is unquestionably the most notable similarity, but doesn't Manu's personality at least slightly resemble that of 'ole Balki's? And even if it really doesn't, let's at least pretend from now on because it will make Ginobili that much more fun to root for.

Yikes. I think we can all agree that it would be unfortunate if any human being looked like anything even close to Sam Cassell.

So maybe that's how I ended up discovering that Gollum of "Lord of the Rings" has a Sam Cassell thing going on. I'm not really sure which one I should feel more sorry for...


At 6:45 PM, Blogger Nat said...

hey.. those were great... i had a couple others i think ludacris and donyell marshall (when he had his braids) have the lookalike thing going.. as well as the much talked about kyle korver and ashton kutcher ... other than that your look alikes were great..

At 6:52 PM, Blogger pinoyballer said...

great, great stuff

you have to put in a pic of Mike Bibby and Mini-Me from Austin Powers. You have too!!

At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Lirica said...

..funny..good finds.. about Will Smith and Robert Horry?

..and Reggie Miller and that guy Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Paul Benedict said...

Hey guys, love the suggestions and am going to continue to do my best to get every legit lookalikes you guys come up with on the list.

At 12:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This made my day, seriously. I was so upset about the Tigers losing and this cheers me up. Two more for you: Andre Emmett and Will Smith, and Jason Williams and Eminem.

At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This made my day, seriously. I was so upset about the Tigers losing and this cheers me up. Two more for you: Andre Emmett and Will Smith, and Jason Williams and Eminem.


At 7:50 PM, Anonymous thalakeshow said...

He isn't an NBA player, but Steven A. Smith looks exactly like Ludacris too.

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Alisa said...

That is awesome! My favorite was of McHale and Frankenstein. They are incredibly similar.

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Alisa said...

That is awesome! My favorite was of McHale and Frankenstein. They are incredibly similar.

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Alisa said...

That is awesome! My favorite was of McHale and Frankenstein. They are incredibly similar.

At 11:42 PM, Anonymous 44thrilla said...

Paul Pierce looks like Beetlejuice from the Howard Stern show....

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Casell looks much more like E.T. really. Besides that I couldn't argee more.

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous 999%NBAspaceLAZER said...

Ricky Davis looks like a pirate. Yeaaaaaaaar!

At 4:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff!!

At 1:50 AM, Blogger C-Dub said...

Lookalike Suggestions:

Kirilenko-russian dood fr. Rocky 4

Ricky Davis - Tupac

Newble - Sean Paul

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha, i knew i recognized manu from somewhere. Bibby seems to have a little vin diesel going on also. I always thought michael Finley and rapper Gza looked similar to each other.

At 12:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious Article Man...I have been doing the Sam Cassel thing for years...I like the Gollum comparison, but put Cassel, Popeye Jones, and the Troll from Harry Potter ( together and you have the ugliest triplets of all time.

At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Othella Harrington and Cuba Gooding Jr.

'Nuff said.

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ricky Davis also looks like that guy from deuce bigalo

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous banks said...

kanye west is michael redd, not b-diddy

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some very excellent work. Poor Sam Cassel, I have felt since I first laid eyes on him that he looks like Bucky, one of the Cosby Kids from Fat Albert (1972).

You might want to compare Gary Williams to Moe from the Simpsons - similar hair sytle and lack of an upper lip!

I think we know what Hedgehog Van Gundy is doing with the two fists!

At 3:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonzi Wells=Jay z
Devin Brown=usher
Peja-Balky from Perfect Strangers
Finley=50 Cent

At 2:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce Bowen also looks a lot like Ludacris

Gerald Green and Juvenile

Rick Carlisle and Jim Carrey

B-Diddy and Black Thought from the Roots

Sam Cassell and Torry Holt

Jason Richardson and Michael Irvin

Michael Redd and Kanye

Glenn Robinson and MC Ren

- TH

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick Carlisle looks EXACTLY like Jim Carrey !!!

At 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Redd and Lloyd Banks!

At 4:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about jordan and kevin ubanks?

At 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How 'bout Kobe and Nelson (Mahow, Mahow) DeLa Rosa

At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kevin mchale //paul mcartney

At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ricky Davis looks heaps like actor Eddie Griffin (not the baller).

Check out Deuce Bigalo - I can fully imagine thats what RD gets up to off court :)

At 2:16 PM, Blogger discolite1 said...

Awesome stuff. I have some NBA lookalikes on my blog too.

Paul Wall & Deron Williams, Chamillionaire & Al Harrington, Phil Jackson & Colonel Sanders, Keith Van Horn/Eminem/Jay Mohr...

At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kwame Brown looks like a Black Carmelo Anthony

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous andy said...

i think pharrell looks more like boris diaw, not caron butler. and kwame brown looks like a dark ass alicia keys

At 2:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rapper The Game and Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks
The rapper Juelz Santana and Larry Hughes kind of do
The rapper Pitbull and Jason Kidd

But i think the best one is that Kyle Korver and Ashton Kutcher that was right on the money

Also Greg Oden and LeBron James do except Oden looks like he is old enough to be LBJ's dad

At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

Hey you got to add Senator Barack Obama and Golden State Warrior Patrick Obryant.

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they should have put ben gordon or kobe as a tupac look alike

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manu Ginobili = actor Luke Wilson

LeBron James = Andre Iguodala

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil Jackson = KFC

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People! Kanye West looks so much more like Cutino Mobley!!! Thats also a crazy lookalike.

At 3:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peja Stojakovic = David Schwimmer

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Loren said...

Al Jefferson vs. KRS-ONE

At 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stan Van Gundy was brilliant.
I always thought Brent Barry from a few years ago and Owen Wilson were very similar.

At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam Cassell == E.T.

At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo I think RIP Hamilton with braids and Jar Jar Binks look alike

At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince Carter and Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor See

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cuttino Mobley = Tony Womack

Zydrunas Ilgauskas = Remmy from the movie "Higher Learning"

Tracy McGrady = a

Chauncey Billups = Sean "P. Diddy" Combs

Baron Davis = Jamie Foxx

Rodney Peete = Denzel Washington

Jason Richardson = Ladainian Tomlinson

Warrick Dunn =

Andrew Bynum and Shirley Hemphill from the classic show "What's Happening!"

Terrell Owens = Tyrese Gibson

Chad Pennington = Macaulay Culkin

Brett Favre = Roger Clemens

Leandrinho Barbosa = Usher

Bonzi Wells = a

Mike Alstott = Brad Pitt

Carmelo Anthony = Beyonce

Tom Brady = Matt Damon

Vince Carter = Ronde & Tiki Barber

...and many more...

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous tim 33 said...

the most distinct one ive seen is Devean George = Tracy Morgan

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous rob said...

andre krilinko and ivan drago

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

but kenyon martin looksz more like joe budden then method man

At 10:45 PM, Anonymous frnz said...

funny as hell..thanks for this post

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