by Micah Hart
Last week we began our groundbreaking series on the basketball-playing abilities of some of the world’s most famous people with Mad Men star Jon Hamm. This week we turn our attention to another heartthrob, albeit for a slightly younger crowd:
America has come down with a fever recently, and it’s not for more cowbell. It’s for the Biebs. In terms of popularity, this guy makes the Beatles look like your average local garage band. Think I’m lying?
I just looked up his song “Baby” on YouTube, and guess how many views that sucker has: 365,314,755. Holy crap! Apparently, every single person in the United States watched this video, then forwarded it to everyone in France. For frame of reference, I looked up the word “basketball” on YouTube and the most viewed item was this video of Shaq and Dwight Howard’s impromptu dance competition from 2007 All-Star Weekend, clocking in at a paltry 16,515,027.
At just 16 years of age, Bieber has the world at his fingertips (when I was 16, my big accomplishment was finishing third in my region of the Mississippi Science Fair competition with a revolutionary study of “Which Paper Airplane Flies The Furthest“). In addition to selling a billion records and touring the world, he’s been on Saturday Night Live, recently guest starred on an episode of CSI, and is pretty much a permanently trending topic on Twitter. If this kid were a vampire, he might spontaneously combust.
Bieber has clearly demonstrated his musical chops, but that’s not what we want to address today.
Our question is simple.
Can he ball?
Let’s take a look at some of the evidence:
— He’s no stranger to NBA players, having battled Shaq in a danceoff on Shaq vs.
— He knows who is to blame for the U.S. housing crisis.
All kidding aside, it actually appears that Bieber has some skills. Check out this video of him going up against Usher:
And here he is taking on Shaq and his family from the same episode of Shaq vs.:
He’s got some handle, and a solid lefty stroke. He clearly has played before.
But hey, maybe that’s not enough to impress you.
It’s time for you to decide: