While most of us would need an Ambien coma to play tricycle basketball with NBA legends, Jimmy Kimmel does it for a living.
The late-night host featured NBA stars of past and present Thursday in what amounted to two distinctly insane and utterly ridiculous segments.
Kimmel’s first NBA guest was Dikembe Mutombo, who came on the show and pulled off one of the most gloriously strange sketches I’ve ever seen on television.
Mutombo and Kimmel played a revamped version of “Marco Polo” in downtown New York. The former shot-swatting machine hid behind trees, inside pizzas and under a Chewbacca costume.
You will never be able to erase this image from your mind (not that you’d want to):
Kimmel was just getting warmed up, however.
Sounds like a death sentence, right? Not so fast. Kimmel had a secret weapon on his side.
“Have you ever played against an out-of-shape talk show host before?” Kimmel asked Curry. “On the surface it may not seem like I stand a chance against Stephen, but we’re about to even things out.”
And out came the “EQ-WHEEL-IZER”—a giant, spinning wheel with a list of disadvantages that would even the playing field for Kimmel. Dog cones, tricycles and carrying an egg on a spoon were among the handicaps listed on the wheel.
“I want the cone on my head,” Curry said. “Maybe the tricycle.”
Ask and you shall receive. Curry’s spin landed on the trike and the two headed to the basketball court, where legendary sportscaster Marv Albert was on hand to call the game.
It was a long, weird competition complete with bricked jump shots and offensive fouls by men on tricycles. Kimmel ended up winning by a score of 3-1, largely due to Curry having to sit at waist height in an awkward three-wheeled children’s bicycle.
And thus went another day in the life of Jimmy Kimmel—a man paid to live out our weirdest and most feverish dreams.
As for Curry, the Warriors point guard seems to be enjoying his offseason. He may want to work on his one-handed tricycle shots, though. You never know when you’ll need it.
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