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Guy Sneaks on Court and Shoots During Pelicans Warmups

Someone actually passed him a basketball and he got a shot up before being escorted off the court.

by Sean Newell
Jan 29 2018, 5:21pm

Screen capture via Instagram/@lina112111

A guy with a courtside seat to Friday night's Pelicans–Rockets game pulled off a pretty impressive stunt when he managed to not only get on the court but shoot an actual shot during warmups. Wearing virtually the same gear as the New Orleans players were, and helpfully obscuring his face with his hoodie up, this dude got out there, went through some exaggerated stretching routine, and then started signaling for a ball. After a little prodding, someone finally obliged him.

His form is not quite NBA–ready—well, maybe it could work in Philly, but still—and his profile does not quite fit NBA Player, either, so security was pretty quick to figure out that he did not belong on the court. Surprisingly, he was not kicked out of the game.

The man, it turns out, is a comedian named Tony Roberts and so he might have gotten a little extra leeway from security. He was in town for a comedy festival put on by DeMarcus Cousins the following night called "Boogie's Comedy Slam." Boogie, of course, went down with what wound up being a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon with just 12 seconds left in the game, but he still made it to his show and seemed in good spirits:

The Pelicans beat the Rockets 115-113, despite Roberts' 0-1 performance.