Boris Diaw is a photographer, apparently? I didn’t really know this because most of the things I know about Boris Diaw are about his cheese preferences, how he gained a lot of weight “on purpose” this year and that he treats American women really, really great. But yeah, I guess he’s a picture taker, which makes sense because of the whole French thing and the French Photographic Society (Société française de photographie) and how he seems to be more concerned with basically everything else that isn’t basketball, even when he’s playing basketball.
Nonetheless, his skills with the camera got him a gig as Nike’s man for showing off their new French soccer uniforms (“football kits,” if you will). They’re all white, which seems antithetical to a sport that involves a lot of sliding, but they look great. I’ve pulled a few of the pictures from the set, either because I recognize the subject or I know what Boris was thinking when he composed the scene.
Let’s imagine you only have five minutes of time to watch a YouTube video about things peripherally affiliated with the NBA. It’s like “In Time,” basically.
Do you choose Mark Cuban warbling “Purple Rain,” thus leaving that song in your head for an entire day? Or do you watch some guy paint Bobby Jackson faster than you could ever imagine, all the while trying to figure out how someone figured out they were good at speed painting?
Kind of wish I’d asked this question earlier since I already watched both of these the whole way through. Whoops.
As an NBA blog enthusiast, you are surely an art collector. I have seen several Venn diagrams that show there is a huge overlap between these two cohorts. But the hard part is finding NBA art to add to your collection. For whatever reason, the old masters didn’t do a lot of basketball paintings, those jerks. That’s why when you find cool new stuff, you need to snatch it up with the quickness. What I’m saying is, you need to hop on this LeBron James print by Craig Redman while you still can.
It’s a part of Redman’s recent “Protagonist” exhibition, which has been described as “a reinterpretation of Italian fashion heavyweights.” Not quite sure how LeBron fits in to that, but the print looks pretty cool. It’s also giant (80 cm x 100 cm), which makes it even better in my opinion. I am no Jerry Saltz, but I think this rosacea-faced reimagining of red beard LeBron would probably look great hanging on a wall. It’s no scribbly Brad Miller art, but it’s very modern and I think people would look at it and give you some dap if you had it in your house.
The print retails for €250.00, which is about what you’d spend in ink if you printed a large version of the Amar’e Stoudemire image that Redman did that wasn’t part of the exhibit. So your call — giant professional print or 100 soaking wet pages of printer paper? Choose wisely.
Once upon a time, Shaquille O’Neal and Yao Ming were the biggest stars in the NBA. Literally, with Yao taking home the tall guy crown and O’Neal in the middle of his run of 18 consecutive most Shaq-iest honors. Way back in 2002, a Rockets-Lakers matchup was such a big deal (haha, pun) that the two teams played a Christmas Day game, despite the fact that Houston would finish out of the playoffs that season. Ever since Yao entered the league, these two were joined at the hip, several feet above ground.
Given that, it’s fitting that the two giants retired in the same summer. To mark the occasion, artist Chris Edser made a masterpiece entitled “The End of the Centerzoic Epoch,” a poignant tribute depicting the two as recently extinct dinosaurs. Here’s his explanation of the piece:
With the gradual extinction of colossal centers such as the Yao the tallest and Shaq the largest; smaller, quicker, scurrying creatures are taking over the NBA. A point guard even won MVP.
Yep. It’s a new world now. The old giants are gone, and the new realm of superstars succeed because of their athleticism, rather than their size. Even Dwight Howard, the NBA’s reigning best center alive, is more of a quick guy than a huge guy. We’re definitely in a post-Centerzoic era of basketball.
The print is available from Zazzle for $22.60 or $31.70, depending on what size you order. If you ask me, it’d only be fair to buy the larger one. Consider it your way of keeping their memory alive.
We don’t offer a lot of book recommendations here at The Basketball Jones — because we are the Internet, and books are print media and those two entities are locked in a battle to the death, choose your side — so when we do, you can be sure that they’re worth your time. And “DUNKS” by Eric Elms is probably worth your time.
Whenever I go to games or see a last second shot on TV I loved seeing the synchronized reaction of all the fans. This zine is a collection of cropped sections of old NBA dunk posters I cut up after having enough to make a book. Gawkers in the stands!!!!!
Gawkers in the stands, you guys. Who doesn’t love gawkers in the stands? Exactly.
The book looks really cool, like something you’d stumble upon in a thrift store while absentmindedly thumbing through romance novel after romance novel. Plus, $17 for a limited edition book by a respected artist is an excellent deal.
Some snaps from the book after the jump. Tell me this wouldn’t look great on your ottoman.
Andrew Unterberger’s 100 Moments list was amazing and the best way to re-experience this past season, but maybe all that reading gave you a headache. If that’s the case, go to the optometrist because you probably need to have your eyes examined. Then, head over to Hoopism to check out Milton Un’s season recap infographic, which turns this year’s most notable moments in to tiny cartoons.
I’ve taken the liberty of splicing together the first and last frames of the graphic, so you can see what you’re getting yourself in to. If Miami Heat jokes don’t entice you, I don’t know what will.