SALT LAKE CITY — Whether it intended to or not, the laundry detergent manufactured by Procter & Gamble managed to, ahem, gain the attention of some in the Utah Jazz community.
The actor featured in Gain's commercial about the Russell's stinky swimwear bears a striking resemblance to a couple of professional basketball players from Utah. Jazz fan Nate Greenwood tweeted out the humorous observation that Mr. Russell looks like a combo of Joe Ingles (face) and Ricky Rubio (hair).
For the record, the Ingles-Rubio doppleganger was not the man who ended up being the back half of a unicorn for his daughter's party — although that would've been even more awesome.
It should be noted that neither the writer of this article nor the Deseret News are being compensated by Gain, but check out the commercial to judge for yourself — and to see why the dad is getting invisible high-fives from parents everywhere.
The Rubio resemblance is even more pronounced in the Spanish version of the ad.
To add one more tie-in between Gain and the Jazz, former "Modern Family" actor, Utah bar owner and Jazz fan Ty Burrell has done commercials for the detergent.
Kanter's religious devotion
As a practicing Muslim, former Jazz center Enes Kanter is in a tough situation now that Ramadan has begun and he's still playing. The Portland big man reached out to Hakeem Olajuwon to get tips about how to play in the NBA playoffs while also not partaking of food or drink during daylight hours from May 5-June 4.
"It’s awesome to just get help from a legend," he said, referring to the text exchange with Olajuwon, who's also Muslim.
Kanter wants to observe the religious practice during the holiest month of the year for Muslims for himself but also for kids who look up to him.
"It’s very important. It doesn’t matter what you status is, what your position is," he said. "I just want to set an example for the young generations. It's very important for them to follow their religion."
Kanter explained that Tuesday's fast ended about 30 minutes before the Portland-Denver game. Traditionally, Muslims break their daily fast at nightfall with big meals that Kanter described as "Thanksgiving dinner 30 days in a row." He smiled and said he might have staff members bring him peanut butter and jelly sandwiches throughout the game to fuel up.
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