Alex Caruso has been incredibly fun to watch this year with the Los Angeles Lakers, not just for his dunks that somehow still take people by surprise, his defense and story in general, but also because he’s just kind of rolled with the cult following he’s inspired. He’s this unassuming guy who chuckles his way through the celebrity he’s gained and seems like an aw shucks nice dude.
Nothing better summarizes that vibe than his reaction upon finding out someone painted a mural of him dunking an a veritable all-star team. Look at our large, majestic, slightly balding son.
After Caruso and the Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night, he was asked whether he’d seen this piece of art.
“Yeah I did. I thought it was fake, to be honest, when I first saw it. It first came out right after I woke up from my nap before the game. I didn’t think it was real. But it just kind of contributes to the cult following that we’ve been joking about for the last six months,” Caruso said. “Incredible artwork. I messaged the guy and told him that I appreciate, and I’m probably going to try and go there tomorrow and take a picture with it and just check it out.”
When asked about the players chosen for him to dunk on, Caruso gave a pretty phenomenal answer.
“He chose like the best players on the best teams,” Caruso noted. “None of those guys are ever going to try and block a shot, but what are you going to do.”
Amazing. Never, ever change, Caruso.
If you’re interested in checking out the mural, it’s apparently on Melrose Avenue, on the side of the SportieLA building. And if anyone even thinks about messing with it, you’d better get ready to catch these hands.
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