The above video is of Hornets rookie forward Julian Wright bowling alongside teammate Hilton Armstrong. A couple of things that should be noted:
Turns out that this is a regular exercise for Wright on off days. He says his average is I around 215 and his highest ever score was 278. Yesterday he bowled seven games for an average of 203 and a high of 246. Of course, that doesnt include his low game of 146, when he played left-handed.
Also playing with Wright and Armstrong yesterday was Hornets ball boy Chase Forestier, whos been bowling since he was 8 years old. This was the first time Forestier has played with Wright and he said he was surprised at how refined the basketball players game was.
I expected him to look a little more awkward being so tall, he said. How tall are you, Julian? 6-8?
6-8 and a half, Julian growled back jokingly.
Check out the pictures and more about Wright's day bowling, after the jump.
Armstrongs game wasnt as refined as Wright's; Armstrong said he hasnt been playing too long. It showed in his inability to consistently hit strikes. Despite this, he talked a big game when it came to fellow Hornet Peja Stojakovics bowling event on March 31st.
Ill shut the whole place down, he boasted. Ill bowl like ten perfect games in a row.
Armstrong then proceeded to throw a ball down the lane which did a tight-rope act on the edge of the gutter before swinging back and knocking every pin down for a strike.
The fact is, despite their height, both Wright and Armstrong have an advantage over the regular Joe when it comes to hitting the lanes. Alex Handback, who works at the AMF Bowling pro shop, said that, while a person doesnt have to be big and strong to be a good bowler, it doesnt hurt to be a good athlete.
When you look at pro bowlers, they might not be physically big, he said. But they have to be great athletes since theyre bowling between 40 and 60 times a week.
On a good week, say when the Hornets are home and have a lot of off days, Wright says he approaches that mark. He bowls upwards of 10 games every visit, something Handback said is a remarkable feat.
That alone makes him an athlete, he said. If I bowl 10 games straight Id be sweating my ass off.
This day, though, belonged to Forestier. In his last game, he bowled a 252 with a seven-strike streak thrown in for good measure. Julian tried to deny Forestier the glory.
Thats bad, man, Wright said. It took you all day to get up that high.
Wright eventually conceded, saying, Im just messing with you, before packing all four of his bowling balls and his shoes and heading off.
Handback said Wright's style was "smooth."
Three of Julian's four bowling balls.
Forestier held his own against the two basketball players.
Julian's shoes are not rentals, but they sure do look it.
Julian kept a list of his scores on the back of a receipt. He bowled lower than his normal average.
Apparently, Julian is amphibious.
Armstrong enjoyed tossing balls down the lane, as if he were trying to break the wood.