The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the most talented outfielders in the game of baseball in Matt Kemp.A season ago, Kemp led the National League in home runs, runs and RBIs, swiping 40 stolen bases in the process and nearly winning the Triple Crown. But the five-tool player has an extra weapon in his arsenal that many don’t know about.
His first true passion was basketball.
He played for basketball powerhouse Midwest City High School in Oklahoma from his sophomore to senior years, a team that was ranked as high as third in the nation during his time, and played competition featuring Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Tyson Chandler.
But the prospects of playing professional baseball eventually won out.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that when NBA legend Magic Johnson came on board as one of the new owners of the Dodgers, Kemp challenged him to a game of H-O-R-S-E, and believes he can win.
Here’s what he told Bill Simmons during an interview on Grantland’s YouTube channel:
“He still looks like he’s in shape and can do some things, but I don’t think he can outshoot me. I tell him that all the time, so we’re going to play a little game of ‘H-O-R-S-E’ when the season is over with. … He’s one of the best shooters of all time, but I think I can outshoot him, I’ve got faith in myself.”
The contest may not come in the near future, as Kemp rehabs from shoulder surgery, but if it ever does, don’t count out the kid that found his niche in the batter’s box for the Dodgers.
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