Actor William Zabka—best known for playing Johnny Lawrence, Ralph Macchio’s character Daniel LaRusso’s arch-nemesis in the 1984 classic The Karate Kid—was pretty awesome in the 1980s. Well, in 2012 he’s still very awesome, and not just because he follows this site on Twitter (you can look it up), but because he’s still wildly popular, so much so that Kings forward/center Jason Thompson hung out with the actor before Sunday’s game against the Trail Blazers and tweeted excitedly about the encounter.
I’m the New Karate Kid!! Lol “@sactownroyalty: Exclusive: @jtthekid is telling Johnny to sweep the leg!!! twitter.com/sactownroyalty…”
— Jason Thompson (@jtthekid) December 24, 2012
You have to appreciate the fact that Zabka, unlike a lot of other actors, hasn’t tried to distance himself from his Johnny Lawrence character (part of his Twitter bio awesomely reads: Took 2nd place at the ’84 All Valley Karate Tournament), instead embracing his continued popularity as of one of the ’80s greatest film heels. I doubt any NBA player would get this excited about posing for a picture with Macchio, and that includes any members of the dreadful Wizards.
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