Chicago kid Dwyane Wade grew up idolizing Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Jayson Tatum modeled his game after the late Kobe Bryant. Blake Griffin’s inspiration? A 25-year-old Hawaiian organ donor who likes his beer cold and with plenty of “hops.”
If you’ve never seen the teen comedy Superbad, well-known as the film that elevated Jonah Hill to leading-man status (it also put his love interest, a then-teenage Emma Stone, on the map), McLovin was the alias Fogell, a decidedly awkward high-school senior at fictional “Clark Secondary School,” chose for his fake ID (apparently it was between that or Muhammad). Upon the movie’s release in 2007, McLovin (convincingly played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) became an instant pop-culture phenomenon, even getting name-checked in rap songs by Kanye West and Eminem.
Griffin, a six-time All-Star now in his 11th NBA season (and first as a member of the Brooklyn Nets), paid homage to the lovable misfit Wednesday night by taking the floor with a fresh pair of McLovin-inspired Air Jordans. The custom kicks feature a Hawaii driver’s license similar to the ID McLovin used to fool bumbling police officers Michaels and Slater (portrayed by Seth Rogen and Bill Hader, respectively). An appreciative Rogen made sure to acknowledge Griffin's shoe choice on social media.
Hilarious footwear aside, the 6’9” forward had the hot hand Wednesday at Barclays Center, netting 13 points on efficient 5-of-8 shooting in a win over visiting San Antonio.