I had just gotten the "Harlem Shake" song out of my head and therefore was totally cool with avoiding NBA explorations into Internet memes for awhile, but then the Bucks pulled me back in with this inspired viral video.
Dubbed "starBUCKS Drake Hands," Milwaukee's effort mocks the infamous, creepy selfie video sent by a male barista to a female model, in which he sensually touches his own face as Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" plays.
The barista's face-petting video spawned the "#StarbucksDrakeHands" movement which wound up including dozens of copycats.
Milwaukee's parody is damn near perfect, as it showcases rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo's enormous hands (below) and includes hilarious cameos from John Henson (almost sleeping), Ersan Ilyasova (tapping himself on the forehead with a foam finger), Ekpe Udoh (lip-syncing with arm movements) and even Bucks TV guy Jim Paschke (who nearly strokes the glasses off of his face).
Bucks GM John Hammond turned over quite a bit of his roster this summer, and the Milwaukee media viewed the moves as having created a better locker room dynamic. A video like this isn't going to deliver any wins on the court, but it definitely conveys the message that these guys have a sense of humor and should be well-equipped to avoid the moping and distance that engulfed some members of last year's squad.
Hat tip: Bucks.com
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