Jiri Hudler didn't make Team Czech Republic, which has left the diminutive Calgary Flames' winger desperate to find another team with which to bide his time while he waits for the Olympic break to pass.
His first choice: the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.
And wouldn't you know it, the Lakers, like Calgary, are in Philadelphia right now! The Lakers play the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night before the Wells Fargo Center transitions for the Flames and Flyers on Saturday afternoon. It's fate. It's definitely fate.
So Hudler made his way onto the court during Lakers practice to show off his slick basket-making skills, in the hopes that the Lakers might decide he should be their new swingman. Sadly, coach Mike D'Antoni never even looked up from his smartphone.
But The 700 Level noticed, and thank god, because, ladies and gentlemen, this is the funniest video you're going to see all day:
If you're wondering why Hudler's in his full gear, when the ice at Wells Fargo isn't available, the players dress at the arena and then bus to the secondary facility at the University of Pennsylvania. It's fun to imagine that Hudler missed his bus to brick shots with the Lakers.
Part of me wonders if the Lakers even knew he was a hockey player. With that baby face and that helmet, you could see them coming to the conclusion that he was a kid that had been sent over by some sort of charity. Look how nice they are to him! They probably think he's nine.
Either that or the Lakers thought he was Steve Nash. They have a few things in common, after all. And look at the way he puts the ball between his legs! That's a very Nashy thing to do.
Anyway. Suffice it to say that Hudler is terrible at basketball. But I'll bet he could still make this year's Lakers.