Baby tigers, blocked shots and short shorts. That’s how teammate D’angelo Harrison describes Chris Obekpa. As “C.O.” becomes known around the NCAA for being the shot blocker with the short shorts, we felt the need to answer the burning question, “just how short are C.O.’s shorts?”
According to his teammates, sometimes he takes regular shorts and rolls them up, other times he wears a legitimately undersized pair. Either way there’s a lot of man-thigh showing so let’s compare his naked quads to some legendary nut-hugger wearing players from the 80’s.
* side note: Obekpa is listed at 6’9″ so for fairness, we chose 2 comparative players also listed at 6’9″. this matters b/c in adults, the femur (thighbone) is the largest bone in the body and accounts for 26.7% of a person’s height, on average.
So clearly in this pic, Magic & Bird are wearing legit tighties while C.O. has on the more blousy, rolled-up version. In this case, with all 3 players standing relatively still, the best look goes to Obekpa mainly b/c of the extra space in the crotch-area. A little extra thigh is ok as long as it’s not accompanied by and outline of your onions.
In a jumping motion, C.O. fares well again. Bird has a little bulge happening there which nobody needs to see. And we’re dangerously close to seeing Magic’s family jewels on the far right.
The scientific rigor of this analysis may be skewed by 2 uncontrollable variables:
1. Magic’s kneepads cover some lower-thigh giving a possible illusion of less exposure.
2. Chris & Larry have thinner legs and “hind-quarters” than Earvin therefore taking up less real-estate inside those trunks.
The verdict: Obekpa must stick with the rolled-up, blousy version of his daisy-dukes. This will help him play his best, still market himself as the short-shorts guy but avoids the bananna-hammock issue.
And if Chris gets carried away with this, and needs an intervention, the content below should fix it.
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