— B.A. (@BdotAdot5) November 2, 2015
To hear Brandon Armstrong tell it, he had no ambitions or expectations of internet fame upon beginning his meteoric career as the Basketball Impersonator.
“It’s crazy. It’s wild,” Armstrong says while walking through the tunnel of American Airlines Arena. “I never thought I would be in an NBA arena after I started doing these videos.”
It’s easy to believe him, too, until the basketball world’s favorite mimic meets Dwyane Wade and immediately pokes fun at the future Hall of Famer.
In this hilarious video courtesy of Vice Sports and Stance, Armstrong has a new venue and audience for his latest impersonation. If the heightened stakes from his driveway and friends to the Miami Heat’s home floor and a NBA icon is too much for him, though, the former D-Leaguer certainly doesn’t show it.
Not only does Armstrong perform his antics while Wade watches from a baseline seat, but he even receives a few pointers from the three-time champion, too. How does this act compare to the Basketball Impersonator’s many more? Frankly, other than the fadeaway jumper bit, Armstrong falls short of his exalted standard here. No matter, though; Wade seems amused nonetheless.
“He alright. He got a few of my moves,” the Heat legend says. “He’s okay. He got a little somethin’.”