In-game interviews are typically mundane affairs, but Micah Nori, the assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves, is single-handedly challenging that notion. Fans are now dubbing him the ‘Ted Lasso of the NBA’ due to his vibrant quips, idioms, and metaphors that have injected life into the otherwise dull halftime conversations.
Nori has gained widespread acclaim on social media, especially after Bally Sports Minnesota made a habit of interviewing him mid-game. A recent mashup of Nori’s distinctive interviews has only solidified his status as a fan favorite.
Some of Nori’s memorable analogies include:”We’re getting nothing on fast break points. Boom goes the dynamite, (boom) there goes our lead.”
“We gotta treat (Desmond) Bane like you do the elf on a shelf on Christmas morning. You’ve gotta find him.”
“He makes everybody comfortable. He’s like popcorn during Saturday night movies.”
“Our paint defense was like 7/11. Open 24 hours (a day).”
“Before we could realize, it was on like Donkey Kong the way they started out.”
“It was the first time all year that we were kind of on a ‘Hot Mess Express.'”
These witty and colorful expressions have drawn parallels to Ted Lasso, the character portrayed by Jason Sudeikis in the popular Apple TV+ series. Ted Lasso is known for his overly positive and out-of-his-depth coaching style, attempting to inspire the fictional AFC Richmond team to glory.
Nori seems to share the same effervescent and infectious personality as Lasso, leading fans to draw comparisons. “The Wolves have their version of Ted Lasso,” remarked one fan, encapsulating the sentiment of many who appreciate Nori’s unique and entertaining approach to in-game interviews.