On Wednesday, we ran a notice that Oscar-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, in New Orleans filming Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," would be introducing the starting lineups at Thursday night's Hornets game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. After Will Ferrell's work in the same role in early February, Jackson had a lot to live up to. Watch the video above and decide for yourself how he did.
It's a different take than Ferrell's, less reliant on absurd comedy. And while Jackson's famous "Ezekiel 25:17" speech from "Pulp Fiction" (NSFW language at the link) doesn't work quite so well when he's not in full Jules Winnfield costume, it's not a bad way to introduce a basketball team as a bunch of badass mofos. There's no word as of yet what Monty Williams has printed on his wallet, but it's probably pretty awesome.
It's a little disappointing, though, that Jackson didn't use references to some of his other movies to introduce each individual player. I'd have loved to see Trevor Ariza called the best "Jumper" since Hayden Christensen, or Jarrett Jack referred to as "the man, just like Eugene Levy." Those Hollywood blockbusters deserve attention.
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Quentin Tarantino