Monday, August 25, 2008

Rudy Fernandez is crazy photogenic

I know a few of you out there are sick of hearing about Rudy Fernandez. I can understand the sentiment. I don't agree with it, but I can understand it. We're still months away from the season and Rudy has never played a second in the NBA yet the hype continues to grow. I suppose that could be annoying for some.

But I care not for your feelings. I'm all about Casey, and Casey likes pictures of Rudy Fernandez playing in the Olympics. So with my own gratification in mind, here are the best photos of Rudy Fernandez since the last time I did this exercise.

You can click on any of these images for larger versions.

Here's Rudy elevating over some Lithuanian fellow trying his best to play something akin to defense.

Sometimes the group hug can get a little over the top. So Rudy, who presumably has had his fill of sweaty dude smell, walks away from the huddle with two tickets to the gun show. Yeah!

This one is my personal favorite. No word on whether Rudy had a chance to talk Red Sox with the kind fellow who cushioned his fall.

I'm fairly certain this is the reverse angle of the first image. If not, Rudy really did a number on ol' Šarūnas Jasikevičius.

Another Lithuanian fellow trying to keep up with Rudy on the dribble drive. Once Fernandez turns the corner, you're done.

Rudy attempting to block some dude sporting a flat top. Check out the elevation. The perspective of the shot probably skews the image a bit, but that's ups.

You already know about this one. I'm guessing Dwight Howard wasn't expecting to get posterized when he signed on to play for Team USA three years ago. Here's what Baron Davis had to say about this dunk:
Spain balled their asses off - can't wait till Rubio makes it to the league. He's a gem. Portland should be nice too, with Oden AND Rudy Fernandez coming in (did you see that nasty one-hand over Dwight Howard, are you kidding???)
By the way, I would love to see a reaction shot of Nate McMillan after that dunk.

Fernandez out-hustling Dwight Howard for a loose ball. I'm willing to bet Howard will be looking for an opportunity to drop the hammer on Rudy the first time they meet in the NBA.

Rudy attempting to slow down Kobe by clocking him in the head. We've tried that. It doesn't work.

And who exactly is LeBron waving to?

Rudy leaves a flummoxed King James in his wake after nailing one of his five three-pointers.

Rudy displays the international sign for "What am I supposed to do about that?" while Kobe tells the overwhelmingly pro-USA crowd to quite down. Go figure.

On the podium during the medal ceremony. Anyone think Rudy looks satisfied with being second best? Me either.


Will Wiens said...

Sad he had to get silver but it HAD to be done. USA!!! He can fight for gold for the Blazers now

John said...

Thanks for the pictures. By the way, the 2 photos you mentioned are not different angles of the same shot. Check out where Rudy's left hand is on each photo.

Josh said...

I'm pretty sure it is the same layup, just not the same photo. The second one is of the same layup, simply about 1 second after the first and from a different angle. Rudy's left arm is swinging into the other guy's arm, and the ball is being released.

mawriz said...

I think he has a lot of potential. He just needs to bulk up, drive more to the basket, and defend better. If he does that, he'll be a perennial all-star in the NBA.

frodoapes said...

Mawriz you said Rudy needs to defend better.
Well he has been second in steal ranking of Spanish League.
Congratulations to Portland for this great player.


Jose Carlos said...

..."while Kobe tells the overwhelmingly pro-USA crowd to quite down..."
Where you watching the same game? The crowd was all the game protesting for all the travelling fouls the americans did and ,like the semifinal, where most of the public were supporting Argentina, they were supporting Spain in the final.