IF YOU THOUGHT the phrase "Bill Walton riding a jackalope" would only ever be used to describe a hallucinogenic fever dream, you were wrong. It sums up the latest addition to the global phenomenon of giant NBA murals. Here's a tour of the greatest examples.
1) The Tucson Mural Arts Program signed off on artist Ignacio Garcia's portrait of the 6'11" former NBA center riding a mythical creature because it reinforced the city's identity as a place "of creative ideas and energy."
2) The 92-by-45-foot image of LeBron James by artist Maya Carandang covers a Filipino hoops court next to a tenement. It's beloved by residents, although it's meant to sell shoes.
3) Richard Ancheta's 930-square-foot portrait of a winged, fireballing Michael Jordan dunking a winged shoe, in Montreal, is also an advertisement, although it's hard to say what for.
4) Like the Walton mural, the two-story image of Steph Curry that popped up in Oakland by a trio of artists called the Illuminaries is meant to brighten and inspire.
THEY SAID IT
"I DON'T THINK THE TRAINERS HAVE MY SIZE."
Indians 3B, explaining why he doesn't wear a cup, after he was hit by a ground ball on June 12 and sustained a testicular contusion.
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips's original Super Bowl ring had the wrong name on it.