I got you a Christmas gift. No, it’s not a Boone’s Butcher Shop gift basket (you think I’d give that away?!). It’s a picture of our very own Jorts, wearing jorts in the New York Post. The picture accompanies a lovely little profile of Harrellson and fellow rookie Iman Shumpert titled “Slam Hunks”:
College: University of Kentucky
Hometown: St. Charles, Mo.
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing
Favorite meal: Seafood
Romantic status: Has a girlfriend of one month
Tattoos: One on his back, in memory of his grandfather
When Josh Harrellson walks into a room, he fills it completely – both with his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame, and with his outsized personality. “I’m not really ever shy,” he says in his country twang. “I need my own reality TV show. Mine will be better than the Kardashians’ and ‘Jersey Shore.’ I’m a never-ending waterfall of fun.”
His charisma was not lost on the faithful at the University of Kentucky, where Harrellson was a fan favorite, earning the nickname Jorts after he first visited the campus in jean shorts. That dubious style distinction, along with his ferocious playing style, became regular fodder for “SportsCenter” segments.
“It’s something I embrace,” he says of his moniker. But don’t expect him to abandon his signature wardrobe staple just because he’s landed in the world’s most stylish city. Rather, he’s hoping to bring a little country to the Big Apple – as well as the Knicks’ most famous fan. “If Spike Lee gets into Jorts, I’ll do a back flip. I can’t do a back flip, but if he gets into them, I’ll do one,” he promises.
Growing up in the Midwest, Harrellson spent his summer vacations at the family farm in a town of about 1,500 residents. “I wear earrings and stuff, so most people don’t know I’m from the country, but I like to be out in the wilderness,” he says.
He’ll be able to savor the peace and quiet in Westchester, where he plans to live – far from the excesses of the city. “I’m going to spend all of my money on a bank account,” he proclaims. Harrellson also puts his comedy routine on hold when he steps out onto the court. “I’m a hard worker who plays with a lot of heart and emotion. When I step in between the lines, it’s a different attitude,” he says. “I’m going to do whatever I have to do to continue playing for the Knicks.”
I’m not sure where to begin on the awesomeness of this. #jorts4life