This year’s NBA All-Star portraits look like Christian rock album covers

Friday February 17th, 2017

The All-Star portrait is an under-rated part of NBA All-Star Weekend. Where else will you see Shaq dressed like a Prohibition-era bootlegger or Tim Duncan in an inexplicably large sweatsuit?

Because they’re shot in a studio and we’re used to seeing these players glide balletically about the court, these photos always look somewhat unnatural. This year, the portaits were shot in a softly lit room with light pouring in through a window. Yahoo Sports likened the composition to an R&B album cover, but if you consider the brightly lit window as some very ham-handed symbolism, it looks more like Christian rock to me. Joel Embiid even did a Jesus pose.

Joel Embiid

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Karl-Anthony Towns

Jahlil Okafor

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Devin Booker

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Kristaps Porzingis

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DeAndre Jordan

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Catch them performing at halftime of the game. 

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