Now a basketball player? You must be Usain

Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:11pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt, do not quit your day job.

The world's fastest man played in a celebrity basketball game on Friday in the run-up to Sunday's NBA All-Star game and failed to impress the crowd -- or himself -- with his skills.

Bolt hit one of five shots, missed both of his free throws and totaled just two points in 29 minutes. The only shot the six-times Olympic champion made was a dunk.

The Jamaican sprinter, whose East team was blitzed by the West 58-38, said he was surprised that his opponents took the game so seriously.

"The West team really played hard," Bolt told Reuters. "I was just taking my time and these guys were running up and down hard.

"They were up by 20 in the fourth quarter and they were in a full-court press. I'm thinking, 'This is not a celebrity game.' They were serious."

Bolt said he did not get the ball enough.

Perhaps that was because he missed an uncontested lay-in, had a three-footer clang off the rim, and failed to capitalize on his four offensive rebounds.   Continued...

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt warms up before the start of the NBA All-Star celebrity basketball game in Houston, Texas, February 15, 2013. The NBA All-Star basketball game will be played on February 17. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes