Watch out, Connect Four master Rajon Rondo. Frank Kaminsky is in Chicago — where he’s from and where Rondo is the new point guard for the Bulls — doing promotional work for the NBA and Mountain Dew, and his duties include domination in a party-sized table game.
Kaminsky’s victim in this most toppling of contests is, naturally, trash-talking master Gary Payton. One wonders what heated, soul-cutting things the Hall-of-Fame point guard said to Frank the Tank in his efforts to shake the big man’s cool as he undertook this architectural challenge. Perhaps he called him “goofy,” or even — hold yourselves — “pale.”
Kaminsky heads into his second season with the Charlotte Hornets still known more for his NCAA work at Wisconsin and his exceedingly silly dance moves than he is for being an NBA force. The 23-year-old will need to shoot better than his 34 percent rookie mark from three-point range to fulfill the prophecies of his stretch-five potential as a sophomore pro, and make good on the promise Hornets’ executive Michael Jordan saw when he stood pat on draft night to select him instead of accepting a number of alluring trade proposals.
Here’s to hoping Frank’s Jenga success can be the metaphor he needs to thrive in this league.
(via NBA on Facebook)