Yesterday Ethan and I published our most recent meme commentary regarding why and how Chris Bosh has come to be known as a “soft” player to ESPN.com’s Heat Index. We cataloged the somewhat arbitrary reasons players receive “soft” label, one of which is “smiling too much.” Smiling reveals a player’s marshmallow center because if he really cared, if he was truly prepared to destroy, eviscerate, or kill his opponents, he’d wipe that look off his face.
This smiling thread got Ethan going on Kevin Durant’s endearing grin:
“Embarrassing Note No. 47: Kevin Durant smiles like a frolicking dolphin. I want to swim with him, my heart is an ocean.”
You may know that our meme posts are typically accompanied by ludicrous pictures, but ESPN.com’s format doesn’t allow such visuals. However Ethan’s line is so whimsically ridiculous, we wanted to share the following image:
Thanks to Anthony Bain, our new illustrator, for his hilarious, borderline-creepy Durant-dolphin hybrid.