Thursday, March 20th, 2008 at 2:46 pm  |  40 responses

Links: NBA Friday (Thursday Edition)

Hey, I need time to watch some basketball here.

by Lang Whitaker

In case you kids haven’t noticed, your main man Sam is out this week. He went down to Spring Training to see the Yankees play. Seriously. This kid’s claimed to be a Mets fan for as long as I’ve known him, but he finally goes to Spring Training and he sees…the Yanks? Yes, the Yanks. Hmm.

Anyway, it’s been nuts here the last two days as we finished off SLAM issue 118. Without giving too much away, the cover is ridiculous. We came up with sort of an outlandish concept, and then we somehow pulled it off.

• I love how competitive the Western Conference is turning out to be. In SLAM 118, we each made our picks for the NBA champs, and there’s a good chance that any team in the West that we pick now could even miss the entire Playoffs. Seriously. The Hornets are in first, but the 9th place team, Denver, is only 7 losses behind them in the standings. So if any of those teams currently in the top eight hit a skid down the stretch, and they all have a lot of games left against each other, there’s a very possibility that a team in the top four right now doesn’t even make the Playoffs.

I’m still rolling with the Spurs, but I can’t get the Hornets out of my mind. They’re really good, and watching them play, they seem to have a little something extra, some spunk that most of the other teams aren’t playing with. The one thing that scares me about the Hornets is that they’re so reliant on Chris Paul, so seeing nights like last night where a guy like Bonzi Wells comes in and starts scoring make me think they’re going to be reckoned with in the postseason. If they make it, of course.

• Gary Sussman, here’s something for The Sez: I would like to know if the Nets have the most Presidential names in the NBA. Carter, Jefferson, Harris (Harry Truman’s actual first name). Put Aaron Harris to work over there researching this.

• I don’t understand why everyone in New York is so revved up about the possibility of Donnie Walsh taking over the Knicks. Isn’t he the same man who’s been in charge in Indy the last few years as their franchise has collapsed? Or is Isiah really that bad?

And we all thought Scott Layden was beyond help.

• Sorry, but I can’t talk about the Hawks losing to the Nets. I wrote about it today over at Hawks.com. Enough.

• I’ve got something planned for The Links tomorrow, and I want to go watch some NCAA hoops today, so I thought we’d run NBA Friday one day early. Each Friday, Joel Kimmel, the official illustrator of The Links, gives us a new illustration of a player from an NBA team. This week’s team is the Miami Heat, and this week’s drawing is Dwyane Wade.

“I’m a big fan of the Flash comic books,” says Joel, “and with Wade’s nickname being ‘Flash,’ I had to run with it. I did some research into old Flash covers (the majority are horrible) and some Flash artwork and decided on a classic action pose, running towards the viewer. I altered the Heat uniform a bit to make it a bit more superhero-ish without actually putting Wade in boots and tights. The Miami skyline is on the horizon and I added the seagulls to make it a bit more like Miami. I also wanted to incorporate Wade’s number 3 into the painting, so I painted it in a few different places.”

As always, dope.

Next week’s team? The Washington Wizards. If you guys have suggestions for Joel, leave them in the comments section below.

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  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com Eboy

    COOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s the most excited I’ve been about anything Heat related this season. Actually, I like how the comic is priced at .3 cents. That’s as close to their financial value at the moment as humanly possible. Great job, Joel.

  • Milan

    All these illustrations have been incredible, great stuff.

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Awesome! I think Joel just wanted to paint seagulls because he loves doing birds. As for the Wiz, you have to do my main man Caron Butler. He deserves it. Oh, and Lang: Your Gerorgia Bulldogs were in that game against Xaveir until about the last 5 minutes.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    well done.

  • Tom

    Amazing painting Joel, this is probably my favorite one yet.

  • Tom

    and as for the Hornets and the playoffs…..I think Bonzi is gonna be huge for them, he’s probably the only other guy besides Paul who can get his own shot off, and they also seem to have San An’s number lately

  • lol

    gilbert arenas for next please

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Is that Ray Lewis’ head?

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    HA! It actually does look like Ray Lewis some.

  • sefos

    deshawn stevenson as osama bin laden

  • http://www.rubensborges.wordpress.com Rubens

    Jamison next, Ryan always hating, lol

  • http://www.joelkimmel.com Joel Kimmel

    Thanks everyone (except Ryan)! I’m happy with how it turned out. For next week, it would be hard to avoid doing something with Caron Butler in it with a nickname like Tough Juice.

  • Dizzle

    Nice. Although I do have to agree that it does resemble Ray Lewis.But nice touches with the 3′s

    Regardless, I’m still very impressed with all your work so far. Keep up the good work.

    Hibachi for next week!

  • http://tadone.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’m not complaining then Joel. I want Caron. Still don’t care for his nickname though.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    deshawn’s beard.

  • John E. Sanford

    Awesome as usual Joel. I’m looking forward to your next painting.

  • http://wizznutzz.com SMK

    Rod Strickland on the bench eating hotdogs. The guys at Wizznutzz will love it.

  • Bro. D.

    Gilbert Arenas blogging inside Deshawn’s beard.

  • http://tha4point0show.tumblr.com WeS

    nice touch with the shoes…

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Gotta second the Ray Lewis commen but the drawing is still good.

  • ionmic

    I reckon a cool picture would be Gil telling Caron “You got the juice now” inspired by the tupac movie Juice that would be dope

  • ionmic

    or deshawn dressed up like soulja boy

  • s. dot

    deshawn stevenson doing the soulja boy!

  • luckyluciano

    Dwayne Wade is….Shawn Marion?

  • TC

    do the Holy Caron, he’s earned it…..

  • J

    Man, that a hot painting of Wade. Arena will be very cool for next week.

  • niQ

    deshawn’s beard

  • T Money

    How bout Kwame Brown and Larry Hughes in throwback Bullets jerseys?

  • J.B

    deshawn and soulddja boy!!

  • ionmic

    Deshawn doing the soulja boy on top of a big roccafella logo

  • AK47

    Awesome work Joel. It looks like Wade’s leaving the city in a hurry. For next week I don’t know how you’d top you previous pic of Arenas from your site.

  • http://mybusinessinthestreet.com lang snitchaker

    telling the world where Sam is/was this past week. Now all the Tampa area slamonline groupies must have been after him.

  • jj

    why do none of these pictures look like the people they’re supposed to. That looks nothing like him… really nothing like him.

  • jj

    if you held a photo of wade next to him you literally would not know it was meant to be him…

  • Daquan

    Dat was off da chain.

  • LIL A.I

    That dont look like him alot it looks like a toy.

  • LIL A.I

    Its really cool thoe very nice.

  • will

    Stevenson and soulja boy about to do a gang fight with LeBron and Jay-Z.

  • will

    or LeBron sleeping and stevenson sneaking towards him with shaving cream in one hand and a shaver in the other. Like Elma Fudd style.

  • will

    Wade is going so fast that his face is morphing.