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If you tried this in most of the gyms I’ve played basketball in, it’d take forever for the lights to come back on and everyone would be looking up at the ceiling wondering if that’s actually all the brighter the lights get. Then, when they finally do turn on, one in the corner would stay dark for three-quarters of the game before miraculously illuminating. People would be very frustrated.

So basically what I’m saying is this — I’m glad the NBA doesn’t play games in high schools.

(via Point Forward)

This photo is great.

So is this collage.

And so is this advice from Fake Griffin, courtesy of Tee Wolves, who interviewed these dudes because of the internet.

What advice do you have for anyone thinking about dressing up as an NBA player at an NBA game?

Our advice would be to try to imitate players that look the most like yourself to make things easier. Pay attention to detail so others know exactly who you’re trying to imitate. Also, be prepared to get a lot of looks and laughs at the game. It’s a very fun process.

It’s a very fun process, you guys. So basically, we should all do it. I’m going as Brad Miller to every game, regardless of who’s playing, mostly because I can’t stomach going as Spencer Hawes. I’m sure you understand.

Please leave your NBA doppelganger in the comments. Photographic evidence encouraged.

Mickael Gelabale was in the NBA a while ago, didn’t do much, then headed overseas to hoop following a stint in the D-League in 2009. If you know Mickael Gelabale at gela-all, it’s because of his glorious, glorious dreadlocks. Other than that, not a terribly notable player.

Which is why it’s notable that Gelabale returned this season, both to the Olympics and more recently to the Timberwolves, sans dreadlocks. When a guy you only know for his hair doesn’t have his hair, it’s strange. As it turns out, there’s a reason for that — the dreads weighed so much they were messing with his body. From a Google translation of Spanish newspaper Marca:

In the last two seasons, had suffered constant injuries Gelabale muscle took origin in his famous look. The dreadlocks, the weight in the head that carries carry such volume hair, bad posture cause generating fibrillar articular pathologies and injuries. They can even alter the way of running. Experts believe that it is harmful to the athletes wear their hair like that. Not start, but in the long run, hurt the player dreads.

The explanation is simple. Glowing hair like Gelabale prompting for years and many changes the center of gravity of the body. The hair pulled back from her head, the player must correct this displacement with the muscles of the neck, with the passage of time this unnatural gesture takes work and a mismatch in the neck and eventually degenerates into continuous ailments.

It is not the first at something happens. A teammate Joakim Noah, who also played the game with France yesterday, the Bulls doctors advised him to cut his hair. The pivot, more rebellious refused and had less hair and has helped Gelabale a ponytail, almost a bow, one of its hallmarks. In Chicago they have made shirts with him.

Just to make this sound like human English — Mickael Gelabale cut off his signature dreadlocks because they weighed so much that they’d pull down his head, which caused him to readjust how he held his head, which in turn resulted in more injuries to his head and neck. (Also, French doctors asked Joakim Noah to cut his ponytail and he was like, “NOPE.” Haha, of course.) There are more articles that back it up, so it must be true — Mickael Gelabale’s signature dreadlocks were a health-related casualty. Tragic.

But you have to wonder if guys like Kenneth Faried and Jae Crowder know about the risks of having heavy hair. Chris Bosh certainly did, but he’s usually ahead of the curve. Just don’t tell Andrew Bynum. We need to see how this thing plays out.

(thanks to Nick Flynt, Aymeric)

It is kind of hard to really understand how this pass could fit between two sets of Thunder legs after going between Ricky Rubio’s own legs, but it did. And I’m glad it did. And you’re glad it did. I mean, it was such a good pass that it makes this one seem like it’s no big deal. Pretty cool.

(via CJ Fogler)

Meat.

(via Tim Groth/Sports Digita)

I’m not sure what to believe any more. On one hand, this adidas/Foot Locker commercial explicitly states that Ricky Rubio is NOT a backyard wrestler. But on the other hand, there he is wrestling a Brian Scalabrine clone.

Do you go with your brain or your heart on this one? Just like you, I want to believe Ricky Rubio wrestles friends and wears bandanas in his spare time, but it seems like that isn’t the case.

Whatever. As far as I’m concerned he’s a backyard wrestle who can’t possibly hurt his surgically repaired knee. It just feels better that way. The choice is yours.

There’s something about a little adversity that brings out the humor in NBA coaches. Whether it’s going through the indignity of being asked a harmless question by a sideline reporter doing their job or suffering through the worst start to a season in franchise history, dealing with a little hardship is great for coach quotes.

It’s no different with Rick Adelman, whose Timberwolves have roughly 62 injured players right now. But that’s not stopping him from slinging some zingers, regarding those injuries. From the Timberwolves PR Twitter:

Adelman says Pek will play tomorrow vs. Denver. He joked, ‘I hope he doesn’t go bowling tonight.’

Another great one from Rick: “We have banned knuckle pushups. Maybe we ought to get rid of bowling; we do have some knee injuries.”

If you’re scoring at home, that’s an Andrew Bynum joke and a Kevin Love joke all mixed in to a Timberwolves injury bit. Pretty strong performance, all things considered.

And really, this is how NBA coaches should handle injuries. Scientists say laughter is the best medicine, so might as well put that theory to the test. If it holds true, then you’ve not only had a laugh at your bad fortune, you’ve also turned things around for your team. More jokes for everyone.