Alex Caruso becoming Lakers folk hero; L.A. mural proves it
Alex Caruso obviously is not the biggest name on the Los Angeles Lakers, not by a long shot. But the third-year undrafted guard out of Texas A&M is quickly turning into one of the most popular players on the star-studded Lakers squad.
Evidence of Caruso’s meteoric rise to folk-hero status comes by virtue of a mural in Los Angeles that recently appeared on the side of SportieLA on Melrose Avenue. Created by artist Gustavo Zermeño Jr. — who has previously painted murals celebrating the on-court exploits of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant — the Caruso mural is impressive.
Rising high above some of the biggest superstars in the NBA, the mural seemingly pays tribute to one of Caruso’s highlight reel-worthy plays from earlier in the season when he dunked all over Maxi Kleber of the Dallas Mavericks.
ALEX CARUSO INCOMING #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/p49TuKA9Qz— NBA TV (@NBATV) November 2, 2019
The above posterization perhaps exemplifies best why Caruso has earned the nickname “Bald Mamba,” a nod to Kobe’s iconic moniker.
To no surprise, Caruso has been left humbled by the mural.
“Yeah I did. I thought it was fake, to be honest, when I first saw it. It first came out right after I woke up from my nap before the game. I didn’t think it was real. But it just kind of contributes to the cult following that we’ve been joking about for the last six months,” Caruso said earlier this week, per Silver Screen & Roll. “Incredible artwork. I messaged the guy and told him that I appreciate, and I’m probably going to try and go there tomorrow and take a picture with it and just check it out.”
Caruso joked earlier this season that the enthusiastic chest bumps dished out by LeBron often leave him feeling a little bit battered. The 25-year-old fan favorite should plan on absorbing many more of King James’ celebratory antics if he keeps making plays like the one depicted in his new L.A. mural.