ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Miami Heat have received an unexpected boost this season from Chris Andersen, aka The Birdman, aka Birdman Birdman. For a team that won a title last year while constantly shuffling their center rotation, Andersen has given them a stable option off the bench, always energetic and frenetic and moving and contesting. He may not be the most skilled player in the paint, but he always plays hard and comes to play, which is more than you can say for a lot of NBA bigs.
Of course, a large part of the Birdman package is his look — Birdman is The Illustrated Man, covered with colorful tattoos, right up his arms and up to his chin, like a turtleneck of ink. This is topped off by an aggressive mohawk that somehow stays vertical throughout an entire NBA game.
But it wasn’t always this way. When Birdman broke into the NBA’s professional ranks, playing in the NBA D-League in the 2001-02 season, his skin was relatively undoctored, his head shaved. But since then, as this tweet from Nicki Jhabvala shows, Birdman has undergone quite an evolution…
Check it out up close. Fly, Freebird.