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Tags: ad, commercial, donal logue, gilbert arenas, jimmy the cab driver, mtv, NBA, rainn wilson, rip off, Video, youtube
(Jimmy the cab driver, circa 1993)
When I first saw the new NBA commercials featuring Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office) as a crazy cab driver with different NBA players in the back, I thought they were hilarious. Then I realized it reminded me of a similar ad campaign from the 90’s… which I automatically assumed was from the NBA, and they had just re-worked it.
Thanks to The Google, my memory became more accurate. The ads weren’t from the NBA, they were from MTV. The character of ‘Jimmy the cab driver’ was a household name and commercial in the 1990’s, played by actor Donal Logue. Classic commercials that everyone born before ’84 should remember.
So, what is it….. a blatant rip-off, or a clever homage to a childhood hero, Jimmy the cab driver?
Original MTV ad:
NBA’s current ad:
Hilarity. Mr. Kinetik sent this to me a few days ago, and I just got around to watching it. For some reason, it reminds me of the Club Trillionairres. I think they need to remix this remix…..
Mike Green…. with the lob to Lebron! I can hear it now. The Indy Star writes:
A Former Butler guard Mike Green will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers during summer league, his agent, Buddy Baker, confirmed.
Green had summer team offers from five teams, Baker said.
Green worked out for a number of NBA teams prior to the draft but wasn’t picked Thursday night.
The Horizon League Player of the Year led his team in scoring, rebounding and assists as the Bulldogs put together the most successful team in Butler history.
Green averaged 14.6 points for a team that won a school-record 30 games and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Green also set Butler single-season records for assists (197) and free throws made (196) as a senior.