Stay thirsty for Marc Gasol, my friends.
Had there been any doubt as to what the face of a "grit and grind" franchise like the Memphis Grizzlies looked like, it's been erased now.
Following the Grizzlies' 87-81 Game 3 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, team owner Robert Pera tweeted a picture of Gasol as the Dos Equis man, calling him "the most interesting basketball player in the world."
Pera also called Mike Conley the best point guard in the league while taking a jab at Chris Paul. And after Gasol's 20-point, nine-rebound, four-assist and two-block performance, he may be on to something.
The visual evidence Para uses is compelling.
Gasol looks dapper sitting there with a basketball, cigar and pensive (slightly angry?) look on his face. And it's convincing. You're left believing that all of his moves are, in fact, go-to moves.
And because one picture and a single slogan is never enough, Pera had others made as well.
There's an identical image that shows Gasol after he gave Zach Randolph "the talk" (no wonder he looks kind of angry).
last one.. twitter.com/RobertPera/sta…— Robert J Pera (@RobertPera) May 12, 2013
There's also one that shows he is "literally" able to give 110 percent.
another.. twitter.com/RobertPera/sta…— Robert J Pera (@RobertPera) May 12, 2013
Who needs the Dos Equis man when you've got 7'1", 265 pounds worth of Gasol dressed like this?
Hopefully Gasol begins to show up to the arena dressed the part so that the illusion won't be ruined. Doing postgame interviews with a cigar in his hand would be a nice touch as well.
Few owners take to Twitter to even offer congratulations for their players, yet here Pera is making memes in support of his. How do you top that?
You can't. You can only hope that there are more photoshopped masterpieces to follow.
Color me interested. And yeah, also a bit thirsty.