Brian Feldman knows the rules… kind of. (No, Orlando-based performance artist Brian Feldman is NOT going to impersonate a professional basketball player, although Shaquille O’Neal recently impersonated a performance artist.)
Instead, Feldman is presenting “Foul! Official Rules of the National Basketball Association 2010-2011 as Read by Brian Feldman” in order to explain the rules, straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.
Tonight, at the Orlando Magic’s season opener, Feldman will read from the NBA’s Official 2010-2011 Rule Book, all 59 pages of it, plus the 2 extra pages of illustrations. Feldman will be reading aloud while located across from the Amway Center (originally known as the Orlando Events Center), outside, across from the Orlando Magic Team Shop presented by Adidas, in the manner of a street preacher.
Tell it to me, brother!
So, why is Orlando’s most impressive performance artist doing this? Well, in his own words: “If you’re gonna argue with the refs this season, you gotta know the rules.”
Yep, it must seem like David vs. Goliath, with Justin Bieber facing off against Shaq’s well-known killer dance moves… and it all went down in O-town! (Did I really just call Orlando O-town in order to make a rhyme? I have never referred to Orlando in that manner before!)
NBA super star Shaquille O’Neal (7′ 1″, 235 lbs.) challenged newest pop sensation Juston Bieber (who is 16 years old but hardly looks a day over 14). Here’s footage of practice from a studio in Arizona:
So, if you missed the first season of Shaq Vs., you missed a very high quality series. Basically, Shaq challenges experts in their given field–Serena Willims in tennis, Michael Phelps in swimming, you get the idea–and captures it all on film. It makes for some very enjoyable filming. What the Top 5 likes best is Shaq incorporates doing some good for a local charity or organization while he is filming.
And, here’s why else I like the format… Shaq brings some star appeal and notoriety to some lesser known sports, such as swimming or beach volleyball. Any guy who likes sharing the limelight, spreading the love, or whatever you want to call it, is okay in my book! Bieber aside (he doesn’t really need the publicity now, does he?) Shaq is a “good sport” through it all, including walking down the beach wearing a Speedo after losing to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
So, the Orlando episode, with the Shaq-Bieber Dance Off is scheduled to be aired on August 21 on ABC. Who are you betting on?