We all knew Usain Bolt had some jets.
He's the first man to hold world records in both the 100 and 200 meters during the fully automatic time measurement era. He's also one-fourth of the world record holders in the 4x100-meter relay.
But the guy's apparently got more weapons at his disposal. Those legs don't just explode on the ground, they can also go airborne.
The 6'5" sprinter brought the kind of excitement to Friday night's Sprint Celebrity All-Star Game usually reserved for the final night of the weekend. If the interior game is dying in the NBA, it's largely undiscovered in the celebrity showcase—save for some point-blank layups that tend to be hit-or-miss.
After nearly 10 minutes of turnovers and ghastly shooting forms, the athletic wing raced down the floor with less than a minute to play in the first quarter following yet another turnover, this one from ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo. (Well, he raced by our standards, not quite by his.)
His long strides (and a defensive effort typical of an exhibition) allowed him to slip past the defense. Apparently, his takeoff preparation steps were too quick for the game's officials to see.
After four steps of gathering (by my count; nine, according to opponent Kevin Hart in a later rant at the referee), Bolt was ready for liftoff. A two-handed flush sent the Houston fans into a frenzy.
It also proved that there's more in his athletic arsenal than just some historically dominant quicks:
Confirmed: Usain Bolt has hops.— ESPN (@espn) February 16, 2013
I don't know about you guys, but I'm still waiting to see Bolt attack the rim with Dikembe Mutombo lurking underneath. Even in an All-Star setting, I think the guy likes blocking shots too much to give Bolt a free pass to the bucket.