It’s OK if you haven’t thought about Al-Farouq Aminu in a while. In fact, I’d guess the great majority of us haven’t really paid him much attention since that hilarious picture after the Chris Paul trade. But this summer he’s playing alongside his brother, Alade, for Nigeria’s Olympic team and that means he gets a headshot on the Olympics’ official website. And as you can see, it’s amazing.
With the buttoned up shirt and knit hat, he looks like a “Fat Albert” character, but iced out. So I guess like a peripheral Odd Future member or maybe a minor character from Season 4 of “The Wire.” No matter what pop culture reference you want to attach to this, it’s the best Olympic basketball headshot we’ve got, with the possible exceptions of giant Nene and the return of Radhouane Slimane.
Personally, I’m sticking with Aminu because look at it. What a wonderful picture. Feels nice to think about this guy again.