Jason Collins’ announcement that he is gay is dominating the news cycle right now, as it well should. But let’s not forget lose sight of what’s really important here: he was high school teammates with actor Jason Segel.
That’s right – the dude who just wanted to forget Sarah Marshall and figure out how that guy actually met his children’s mother was Collins’ backup during their time at Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, Calif.
The gangly funnyman apparently had pretty solid ups.
* Segel. The 6-4 junior forward is seventh man and self-appointed court jester.
"I'm not nearly as skilled a basketball player as some of the other guys," Segel says. "But I have a lot of bravado."
Not to mention a made-for-the-highlight-reels dunk.
During Harvard's two-week East Coast trip in December, Segel wowed a Florida crowd with a two-handed slam made with the front of his jersey pulled over his head. Before the dunk, Segel stood poised, calling for silence with outstretched arms. After the dunk, he dove headfirst into the stands.
"He put on an absolute show," Da Costa said.
Segel also keeps the team loose with impressions of everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Kermit the Frog. He even does Hilliard.
"You spend five minutes around Jason and he'll come up with a pretty good impression of you," Abusaleh said.
An aspiring actor, Segel has dabbled in bit parts and studied in England. After the season, Segel is scheduled to begin rehearsals for a school production in which he will deliver a 22-minute soliloquy on stage.
"I love getting up in front of people," he says.
Segel has yet to comment on the big news, and it’s understandable. Playing with puppets can be pretty addicting.
[H/T: Ball Don't Lie]