August 18, 2009
Jamaica's Usain Bolt set a new world record of 9.58 seconds — also known as half a Beatles lyric — as he stormed to a spectacular victory in the Men's 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Bolt took control of the race after only 30 meters, shaving a ridiculous 0.11 seconds off his own world record of 9.69 seconds set a year ago at the Beijing Olympic Games.
He is fast.
I am Captain Obvious.
But Bolt's toast does give us a fun water cooler argument to revisit: Who is the NBA's fastest player?
Although everyone has their own definition of "fast" or "quick" or "explosive," I, with the help of my Twitter Army, have selected eight current NBA players (no new rookies, sorry) who we think could, um, "challenge" Bolt in a 100m race. No basketball to dribble; no Popovich to tell 'em to "slow it down, run the damn offense."
So, who do you like out of Leandro Barbosa(notes), Aaron Brooks(notes), Devin Harris(notes), LeBron James(notes), Tony Parker(notes), Nate Robinson(notes), Rajon Rondo(notes) and Derrick Rose(notes) to cross the finish line first? Assuming everyone's healthy, of course.