One of Kirk Hinrich's biggest fans doesn't even call him by the right name.
Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, long an admirer of the veteran guard, continually calls him "Kurt."
He has all season. It's a running joke among the media corps at this point, although Hinrich doesn't seem to mind. He knows Del Negro knows who he is and that the coach has his back when it seems like people may be turning on him.
This is hilarious. Vinny Del Negro is a living, breathing embodiment of this scene from "Step Brothers." Keep doin' it.
And while it's an old story, it's still tons of fun. In fact, I think we can make a little game of it. All you do is take an NBA player and change his first name to something very close to the original name. Here's a few to get you started.
• Paul Gasol
• Luis Amundson
• LaRon James
• Gordon Farmar
• Rick Collison
So easy, but so good. Let's hear 'em in the comments.
- Vinny Del Negro
- Kirk Hinrich