August 09, 2010
Say what you want about LeBron James'(notes) televised free-agency special "The Decision" — tone-deaf, arrogant and "LeBron had a Trey Kerby beard" are some of the common complaints — but it's impossible to deny that James' hour-long show wasn't a parody waiting to happen. We've already seen Steve Carell, Bill Simmons and even the Old Spice Guy have a go at spoofing LeBron, and it's only been a month since the program aired. At this rate, we can expect a send-up of Jim Gray's interview but with terrible jokes to show up in a Friedberg and Seltzer movie (likely title: "Decision Movie) in the first quarter of 2011. Sadly, I fear that this is an inevitability.
Despite the abundance of parodies floating about the Internet, we've yet to see an athlete with the guts to crack wise about LeBron in video form. Yeah, there've been Tweets or tiny quotes referencing "The Decision," but we've yet to see any straight-up goofing on Bron-Bron.
Outside of butchering the key line ("I'll be taking my talents" not "services"), this is very good. Nice work, Anthony Tolliver. Especially the wolf call, which was both completely unnecessary and so vital, so valid.
Of course, the best part of this whole exercise in silliness is kind of under the surface, and you probably have to be a computer nerd alert to even realize it. But if you ask me, the funniest part of this is that Anthony Tolliver created a YouTube account ("MrAnthonyTolliver44") specifically to post this video. It's literally the only video he has so far. Basically, he came up with the idea, signed with the Timberwolves a month later, then was like, "Get me on YouTube, right now. It's parody time." That's fantastic.
Big up yourself, Anthony Tolliver.
(h/t everyone on the Internet who didn't marry Kelly Dwyer last weekend)