Who could forget the look of an NBA power forward back in the early to mid-90s? Guys like ‘Grandmama’ Larry Johnson, Anthony ‘Mase in Yo Face’ Mason and Glenn ‘Big Dog’ Robinson had the look, nicknames and persona of the professional wrestlers who preceded their time on the basketball court.
Everything has slimmed down in sports, though. It hasn’t just been the look of professional wrestlers which have undergone a makeover, but the position of power forward in the NBA, which was once affiliated with the slang adjective ‘diesel’.
Johnson was, as they said so prevalently back then, diesel. Physically built; ripped. That was what a power forward was supposed to look like back then. Nowadays, though, the ‘power’ has relatively been removed from the position, and today’s power forward is more of a ‘lanky’ forward. The times change. But sometimes someone comes along who throws us back to a previous time. That someone is Jae Crowder of the Dallas Mavericks.
Of course, Crowder is not listed specifically as a power forward on the Mavericks’ roster. That’s Dirk Nowitzki’s position. But Nowitzki isn’t exactly anything like the current day power forward in the NBA either. Crowder is a very versatile player on the court and does play multiple positions, including power forward. Either way, he has that look of a mid-90s power forward. It’s an animal-like physicality. You just do not see as many NBA forwards with big, muscular biceps (Hulk Hogan’s 24-inch pythons went out of style a long, long time ago).
Power to the weightlifter, though, as Crowder has brought that ‘Larry Johnson’ big bicep look back. Whether or not Crowder can become the elite offensive force Johnson was remains to be seen. But if he can, maybe he can get his own ‘Grandmama’ deal out of it.
Miotch is a Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Miotch_Report, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your Google Network.