There’s this belief by some people that basketball players would make good football players based on the fact that they’re athletic and tall. These people believe that if you throw a basketball player onto a football field, you can just lob the ball in their direction and they’d turn into the most unstoppable receiver in the NFL.
This, of course, is silly, but it’s always fun to watch basketball players try out football — shout out to Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler, the later of whom thinks he’d be the best wide out in the NFL. The latest dudes to try their hands at football are Thunder center Steven Adams and shooting guard Andre Roberson. The duo went to Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City and met up with the football team, where they addressed the squad while wearing pads.
Additionally, they played around with the dudes on the team. In a video posted on the Thunder’s Instagram account, they put on helmets, Adams tried to throw a screen pass to Roberson but bounced it, and Roberson drilled a field goal. There’s a longer video with some more silly moments — the two are introduced to the team as potential players, and we got to see Adams try to throw another screen to Roberson. Like the first attempt, the ball hit the ground before it got to the receiver (to his credit, when they tried it for a third time, Adams was able to get the ball there accurately).
The best part happens when a Heritage Hall player says “thanks for trying” to Adams and the Thunder’s famously quick-witted big man starts with some lighthearted trash talk. The video ends with the school’s athletic director telling the pair what everyone should tell established NBA players who want to play football: stick to basketball because you’re way better at that sport.