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Nene says playing Anthony Davis is like fighting Dhalsim from Street Fighter

Aug 20, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT


Apparently Nene plays a lot of old-school video games.

Last Saturday night the Brazilian center was in Chicago playing for his national team and finding it impossible to stop Anthony Davis, who had 20 points on one end of the court and four blocks at the other. Davis was the best player on the court, looking like a guy ready to break out at the World Cup.

So Nene, what was it like to play against Anthony Davis? (Asked by’s Steve Aschburner):

“He looked like Dhalsim,” Nene said.


“Dhalsim. The street fighter. Like a cartoon. With both hands. He was catching everything. Yeah.”

If you’ve played any of the Street Fighter series you remember Dhalsim, dressed like an Indian yogi (I guess) but could throw a punch where his arms extended to a few times his body length.

Anthony Davis, with his 7’5.5” wingspan (on a 6’11” body) can seen that way — the way he runs and plays using the freakish length of his arms to disrupt shots on defense or catch ridiculously high alley-oop passes, makes this a really good comparison. Odd, but really good.

(Hat tip to James Herbert of Eye on Basketball, who is really most like Ken Masters.)

  1. k3nn3k - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Yoga flame!

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Yoga Shangri-La!

    • teabone413 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      yoga fire!

    • Lujah - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      “Who?” *sucks teeth* Stop Frontin’. You know exactly what street fighter is.

  2. chicagosports2014 - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    yea he basically saying he use his length well

    • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      That’s what she said.

  3. nard100 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Love the SF ref!

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    You don’t have to be an old school gamer to make that reference. Dhalsim is in Ultra Street Fighter IV, released in 2014.

  5. noleitup - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Nene has got me over rofl. If capcom was smart they would capitalize on this.

  6. limonadamas - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Love the screencap… Does that make Nene Blanka then? haha

    • fanofthegame79 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Blanka was from Brazil! lol

      • arrondior - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Technically we are not sure if he’s from Brazil. All we know is that his plane crashed in the jungle and electric eels somehow mutated him into what he became (LOL @ his back-story).

      • fanofthegame79 - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        lol good point!

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Which NBA player most closely resembles E. Honda?

    • misremembered72 - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      Body shape: Anthony Bennett last year, hair style: Joakim Noah

      • ebecks34 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        And also Pekovic = Zangief / Robert Sacre + eyepatch = Sagat

        Keep it coming guys, I’d love to hear another ones.

      • limonadamas - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Lebron = M. Bison (Street Fighter Alpha version) –> huge and powerful but remarkably agile for his size

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