In case you missed it Monday, Jason Gallagher put together the NBA Music Video Awards, and they were spectacular. Just the sheer variety of selections — Russell Westbrook singing Taylor Swift, Leandro Barbosa’s “All Night Long” cackle, Dirk singing Springsteen, LeBron mumbling “Stayin’ Alive,” all things Pau Gasol — made it a perfect testament to everything that’s great about the NBA.
But we forgot something.
I saw it this morning on Grantland’s Facebook page, where commenter Brian Pearl brought us this Victor Oladipo video.
Couple instant reactions:
1. This happened when he was only a freshman at Indiana? Look at him command the room!
2. How had I not seen this before? Why wasn’t this the only highlight video shown before the NBA draft last year? How was Victor Oladipo allowed to participate in All-Star Weekend without also performing this during All-Star Saturday Night? These are questions that have no good answers.
3. There’s no way he’s really singing … but he is, right?
4. And what a performer. What a star. It’s not just that he has the talent, but he knows how to sell it.
5. THIS. IS. INCREDIBLE.
Now you know. Now we all know. All hail Victor Oladipo, R&B sensation.