by Alejandro de los Rios
UPDATE: ZOMG!!! I found the commercial!
I've posted at length about the Hornets and their extensive trick shot abilities. But no Chris Paul half-court shot and no Jannero Pargo behind-the-backboard shot will ever top this shot by Morris Peterson during Hornets practice this morning. (And for those of you who think the Hornets are still lacking in media love, note that this video is scheduled to air tonight on SportsCenter and on ESPNews.)
Some things that don't appear in the video or ESPN article:
Of course, the shot immediately brings to mind that redonkulous Morris Bart commercial that Mo Pete did a while back. You know, the won were Bart delivers his patented pitch while Mo stands there like a cigar shop indian? The one where Bart heaves a ball over his left shoulder and it miraculously makes a 90-turn in mid air to go through the hoop on the other end of the court?
The one that has no video presence on the internet whatsoever?Found it!
Yea, that's the one.
For the record, the commercial gives a completely false interpretation about the type of person Peterson is. Whereas he appears nearly comatose and humorless, Peterson is in fact (surprise, surprise) affable and engaging (notice how those are my two favorite words for describing everyone on this team?). So, why is it that Mo Pete was so serious in that commercial?
"That was like the 20th take," he said.
Yes, apparently, the commercial in which Peterson has to utter just one line, took "numerous" takes to film. How did Peterson get mixed up with the attorney anyway?
"His people actually approached me," Peterson said. "We have the same first name so they thought it was a good idea and pitched it to me."
Peterson went on to say had nothing but good things to say about Bart, despite the long day shooting and even had some fun on the set.
"I kept joking with him about how there was no way he would make that shot," Peterson said, referring to the camera-trick aided shot by Bart at the end. Turns out Bart never did make the shot, but thanks to some Hollywood magic, it all came together. Capturing Peterson's shot required no magic, just a lot of patience.