Popular underground rap “artist” Lil B tried out for the Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate last week, and as usual, the inexplicably famous YouTube sensation garnered a whole lot of attention for doing almost nothing.
Here’s a quick primer for the uninitiated: In addition to relentless self-promotion, Lil B’s main interests appear to include shooting basketballs like an eighth-grader, wearing women’s low-cut tank tops and generally not making sense. Proof of all three is available here, in one of his latest videos (earmuffs for the kids probably required).
Following a wholly contrived Twitter feud with Kevin Durant, Lil B apparently decided to put his money where his mouth was by testing his skills against a horde of junior college castoffs and rec-league rejects.
Unfortunately for our tiny hero, Lil B didn’t make the cut for the Warriors’ D-League squad. This is probably because the team did not require the services of a talentless 5’6” rapper who is also a terrible basketball player.
Some dreams aren’t meant to come true.
But Lil B’s foray into the NBA spotlight is just the latest in the lengthy history of the league’s willingness to marry entertainment stunts with basketball. Out of the big three sports leagues, the NBA has always been the most willing to indulge in the slightly ridiculous, so long as it generates headlines.
Major league baseball has tradition, the NFL has violence and the NBA has fun.
Sometimes, that means putting up with some strange stunts, but the league has always been a little less concerned about the gravitas that baseball and football prize so highly.
And just as Lil B isn’t the first Internet fad to seek notoriety in an effort to extend his 15 minutes of fame, his tryout is definitely not the first strange outsider stunt the NBA has allowed.
Let’s check out a few more.