David Kalb beat LeBron James in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
David Kalb beat LeBron James in a game of H-O-R-S-E in a Cub Cadet
sponsored national contest played on the blue court in Venice Beach,
California. Yes, the same Blue Court where Wesley Snipes and Woody
Harrelson went at it as Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle in “White Men
Except for skin color, LeBron James looks nothing like Wesley Snipes.
David Kalb is a dead ringer for Woody Harrelson. David Kalb is 6’1,
195, shaved head, and not a bad industrial league basketball player.
After all, Kalb played guard two years at tiny Capitol College in
Columbus, Ohio where he scored at a 16-17 point per game clip. However,
before that he played at Akron University where his team shared the
court with LeBron’s high school team. LeBron’s high school team drew
more fans than David’s college team.
But on September 3rd , 2008, David Kalb, 26, a warehouse accounts
manager in La Habra, California got to do something small college and
industrial league ball players only dream about, play HORSE against an
NBA player. I guess it’s not just mid-level players, we all dream about
that. In our dreams we grow six inches and we come up with shots so
imaginative eyes bug out of the NBA players we’re drilling.
I think LeBron knew this because the Cub Cadet H-O-R-S-E contest was
his idea. LeBron was the one to view tapes and YouTube submittals from
prospective opponents. David Kalb’s video blew LeBron away… and me,
too. This is why we call David Kalb an internet superstar. David won $
5000 in Cub Cadet lawn equipment for being chosen to compete against
LeBron in the HORSE finals. When LeBron stepped out of the limo at
Venice Beach every fan attending this contest had a video camera. When
David dazzled LeBron with unimaginable shots, two hundred lenses
captured every one. It was supposed to be a single game of HORSE.
LeBron asked for two out of three after David surprised him on the
first one. David won the next two, also. Even on the dunks, David
matched him. Not in height, form or and velocity, but HORSE doesn’t
require that. There’s an old saying LeBron should know: Don’t mess with
warehouse managers. Or as Sidney Deane from “Whitemen Can’t…”
would say “You either smoke or you get smoked. And you got
On the Venice contest,
David couldn’t duplicate his best shots from his original video but you
can find them on the internet. Here are my favorites:
the basketball goal six feet away from the exterior 24’-tall-wall,
David tosses the ball backwards high onto the sloped roof where it
bounces up and then back down. Nothing but net! At one point the ball
must be at least 30-35’ in the air.
basketball goal has been mounted to the mast of a forklift. The mast
goes up 22’ making the goal 32’ off the ground. David then jumps off a
five foot high dock, slams the ball into the floor where it bounces up
and into the net.
brother Danny again has the basketball goal mounted on his forklift.
This time he’s doing wheelies, spinning the backboard and the goal in a
circle. David shoots the ball as the goal is circling away from him and
it ricochets off the concrete wall behind the goal into the net.
Check these out at www.mahalo.com/David_Kalb
Also at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuqiGrWBRqE