Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
Brandon Armstrong AKA ‘The Basketball Impersonator’ has gone international.
After spot-on imitations of the likes of Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James; Armstrong has now tackled Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs. It’s classic Ginobili featuring the Euro-step (still better than Harden’s version), some behind-the-back action, and even a hint of soccer-inspired flopping.
He even gives us some habitual hair-flipping which indicates that this is the mid-2000s version of Ginobili:
Ginobili then approved of the impersonation with an emoji-filled tweet:
Armstrong hasn’t just been limited to impersonating NBA players; he’s also gone after officials. Everyone’s favorite ref, Joey Crawford, was victimized (though he didn’t send out an emoji-filled Tweet afterwards). I’d like to see Armstrong branch out to coaches as well and he could start with Ginobili’s coach, Gregg Popovich. Depending on “which Pop” Armstrong copies, that impersonation would either be the funniest or most boring video ever.