Here's a riddle: what do you get when you mix Canada and basketball? If you said "a joke", you're... well, actually that's probably correct, too. But it's no way to introduce Canadian artist Joel Kimmel, who presumably moved to the land of meese and Molson to get out of the shadow of Jimmy, and also sketch awesome portraits of NBA players, including two current and former C's we know and love, named:
Paul Pierce: Definitely the best Celtics-related drawing since Dino Radja took that portraiture class, this archival ink print features the C's captain's face (plus signature headband) on a polygraph machine, which "verifies that Paul Pierce's nickname, 'The Truth', is accurate".
Rasheed Wallace: Technically speaking, this drawing of the master of technicals looks more like Chris Wilcox, but whatever, it still features a head shot of our former big man imposed over the actual page from the official NBA rulebook defining what and how you get a technical foul. Note to Kimmel -- you should probably get super meta, and put this sucker on a T.
He's also got a bunch of non-C's work, like a pic of Josh Smith with hawks all up and around him, and Skybox-style works of '80s and '90s legends like Kevin Johnson and Shawn Kemp, whose final playing days as a fat man were the punchline to quite a few jokes having nothing to do with Canada.
Published: April 16, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
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