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Last night, the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat knocked off the Chicago Bulls to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Helping them get the win was Power Forward Chris Andersen, better known as “Birdman.” Birdman is one of the NBA’s more colorful characters both on and off the court. While he dealt with substance abuse issues in the past that saw him suspended from the league for two years between 2006 and 2008, most people will only remember his trademark mohawk and vibrant tattoos — which he seems to get more of each season.
With “Freebird” on his neck, “Screw You” on his knuckles, “Honkytonk” across his abdomen and “Birdman” across his back — not to mention the various birds, wings and other imagery in his collection — the Birdman is a tatooed force to be reckoned with.
But what if there were a tiny, miniaturized version of Birdman? Would he be the same type of force on the court, or something far more adorable?
Meet “Baby Birdman,” courtesy of The Bleacher Report. Apparently an NBA fan named Alexander Balaez tweeted the photo, presumably of his son, at ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi yesterday and thanks to the power of social media, the image quickly went viral. With plenty of retweets and an appearance on TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” Baby Birdman is the latest Internet sensation (meme?) to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame.
Check out some more photos of the original Birdman below, and this Inked Magazine interview with him talking about his many tattoos.
Below is a behind-the-scenes video from Andersen’s PETA photo shoot that shows off more of his tattoos. Please be advised that there are images of animal cruelty, viewer discretion is strongly advised.