The Infamous NBA Look-Alike Quiz
In a world where athletes and celebrities commonly interact, it's often easy to overlook the similarities that are right under our noses. From TV stars, to actors, to day time talk show hosts —our favorite NBA players resemble them all.
While we all know that Ashton Kutcher and Kyle Korver of the Utah Jazz look alike, I have compiled a list of eight NBA look-alikes that may not be so widely known.
Each of the eight look-alikes involves a question with a picture of an NBA player and the following slide contains the look-alike answer, and a picture of the answer.
The questions and answers are not meant to be completely serious or dead-on resemblances, but rather light-hearted similarities. Please don't take offense if I make a casual reference about one of your favorite players.
Take out a pen and paper and keep track of how many you can guess correctly.
Also, let me know of any other funny look-alikes that I may not be aware of, or that you want to bring to attention.
Hope you enjoy the slides...
Q. Who will Greg Oden look like when he hits retirement?
(Assuming he is not Benjamin Button and growing younger.)
A. Bill Cosby
We already know from Oden's ploy commercial on ESPN that big men are marketable.
Imagine watching a TV timeout during the 2035 NBA Finals between the Oklahoma Thunder and the Alabama KnightHawks. Out of nowhere comes Oden onto the TV screen.... and he is trying to push Jello's newest Pudding Pop flavor to the viewers: "Portland Passion."
It could happen.
Retired NBA vets are being asked to star in commercials more and more these days (Dr. J for example)
Q. What PBS TV personality does Baron Davis look like?
Think outside the box for this one. We all know that he looks like Kanye West and when he trims his beard he slightly resembles Common. However, this look alike was a children's television show personality.... think back to childhood.
A. Lavar from Reading Rainbow
I can do anythiiiinggg. Take a look..... whats in a book... on Reading Rainbow.
Maybe Baron moved out to LA in order to energize his on-screen personality?
Q. If Jason Kidd were a retired "beisbol" player, who would he be?
I'll be nice... I won't mess with his arrest record, or his marital problems, or the fact that he single-handedly screwed up the Mavs in the playoffs.
A. Benito Santiago
I don't have anything witty to say about Benito Santiago, other than he was the best power hitting catcher on RBI Baseball for Sega back in the early '90s.
Q. If Manu Ginobili wasn't a mediocre basketball player that complained too much-but instead a mediocre actor- who would he be?
Okay, I'm not a huge fan of Manu, however I am a big Mike Finley fan... and I do enjoy watching Roger Mason play as well as he has been.
A. Bronson Pinchot
The only role I can remember this guy playing is the fifth lead character in Beverly Hills Cop—who had a horrible accent.
That pretty much parallels Manu's situation on the Spurs this season.
Q. Which Porn Star does Stan Van Gundy resemble?
Should be a gimme.
A. Ron Jeremy
Let us all hope that a sex tape involving Stan never surfaces.
Q. Which daytime talk show host does Nick Van Exel resemble?
I really wish someone would give Nick the Quick a spot commentating.
A. Oprah Winfrey
Forgive me for this Nick. I am a huge Nick the Quick supporter, however I stumbled upon this comparison while browsing through past articles on True Hoop.
It was too funny to pass up.
Look at the jaw structure- no mistaking that.
Q. When Mike Miller has short hair, what other semi-famous pathetic white guy does he look like?
I have to say, I do like Mike Miller with short hair rather than the long mop.
A. Steve-O from Jackass
Mike Miller is not well respected around the league, was kicked off the '08 Dream Team (even though he was on the prelim roster in '07) and his teammates only pretend to like him.
The same applies to Steve-O.
On a side note though, Mike Miller donated over a million dollars to a national children's hospital. So as much as he gets ragged on, Miller is a class act.
Q. Which day time television actor does Etan Thomas look most alike?
I'll help narrow it down: it has nothing to do with his aggressive poetry or his African Roots movement. Rather, this comparison hones in on the sensitive side of Etan.
A. Soap Opera phenom Keith Hamilton Cobb from "All My Children"
This match is appropriate considering all the Soap Opera Drama that has gone on between teammates Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood.
My favorite incident occurred during an after practice scuffle, where Brendan Haywood ripped out one of Etan Thomas' dreadlocks.