Thursday, August 12, 2010

Danny "Hollywood" Kanamori

During his MIT basketball career, former MIT point guard Danny Kanamori put on some great shows. As a freshman in 2001-02, Kanamori recorded the only triple-double in MIT history (12 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds against Springfield on 1/12/2002) and eventually finished his career second on the career assists list and fourth on the all-time steals and three-point percentage lists.

In addition to his basketball prowess, Kanamori has also had some acting highlights (off the court). He took a year break from MIT in 2004 to play a role in the movie "Coach Carter" as one of the players on the Richmond Oilers team, coached by Samuel L. Jackson. Kanamori parlayed that role into some other movie spots, such as the part of the "Drunk Jock" in "Bickford Schmeckler's Cool Ideas" (2006) and one of the leads in the 2007 release "Alien Games" (you can watch the full movie here). Kanamori's most recent work can be found in the advertising industry, along with another Boston basketball great: Rajon Rondo. In this spot for Red Bull, Kanamori plays some pickup games with Rondo and a few other players. If you are having trouble spotting Kanamori in the clip, just try looking for the player late on defense and flying at his man in a last chance effort to make a defensive play on the ball, and that will most likely be Danny.