As the Miami Heat gear up for the NBA playoffs, we bring you Sam Hoh, an illustrator from Sydney, Australia, who produced a short series of pro basketball-inspired illustrations for a zine called The Ball Street Journal. “I admit, I knew nothing about basketball,” Hoh says. “The extent of my knowledge was that Shaq became a rapper and Kobe Bryant went out with the singer Brandy. These guys love basketball and wanted to recount their top NBA moments, which were all very interesting stories. At this point my work was pretty rigid, so I wanted to try something brighter and less restrained to reflect the sort of energy found in the game and amongst its fans.”
The illustration above is of former Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, who, during the first game of a 1995 playoff series against the New York Knicks, flashed the “choke” signal to filmmaker Spike Lee, an uber (obnoxious) Knicks fan, after scoring eight points in 11 seconds to help the Pacers win the game. The Heat may well play the Knicks in the upcoming playoffs, in which case you can bet your house that Spike will be jawing at Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh from courtside. We Heat fans can hope the Big Three put him through the same agony that Reggie did with his dramatic performance that night.
To view more of Hoh’s NBA Moments, visit deepfriedsam.com.
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