Jimmy Fallon fought off boredom by channeling the 80’s on Thursday’s “The Tonight Show.” The comedian enlisted the help of NBA star LeBron James to showcase his “wastepaper basketball” skills while rapping to the tune of Kurtis Blow’s 1984 slam-dunk hit “Basketball.”
Fallon’s interpretation of Blow’s video features pom-pom-waving cheerleaders, crumbled-up paper “basketballs,” wastebasket dunks and plenty of clever rhymes. Introduced as “Number One” by the voice-over, Fallon kicks off his rap, “Basketball is my favorite sport, but not the kind of basketball that’s on the court.” He then goes on to teach his audience how to play the office game as his “coworkers” shoot wastepaper basketballs in into trashcans the background.
Fallon remains king of the court until a new “employee” steps in – LeBron James of the Miami Heat. The NBA forward joins Jimmy for some one-on-one and outshines the comedian with his “paper slam-dunk.”
The duo shoots everything from lined paper to napkins to used Kleenex, all in the name of passing time on the job until they get caught.
Watch the full video below.