DOMINATING Lebron James in H-O-R-S-E was just the start for 26-year-old warehouse manager David Kalb. Videos of his performance have attracted more than a half million views on YouTube, and he's been featured in print and on the Web. Some entrepreneurs he met in Venice Beach, Calif., want to hire Kalb to help get a national H-O-R-S-E tournament off the ground, and he may appear, for a fee, at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. "I'm going to give everything a look and listen," says Kalb.
This is an article from the Sept. 22, 2008 issue
A former point guard at Division III Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, Kalb developed trick shots during long hours in the gym. "I'd get bored and see what I could come up with," he says. He and his brother Danny, 29, have made dozens of basketball videos as a hobby and plan to turn footage of David preparing to battle LeBron into a music video.
Kalb has already discovered how fickle fame can be. A Tonight Show producer called and asked him to keep last Thursday open for an appearance, then called back to say Kalb had been bumped because they were trying to book another former hoopster—Sarah Palin. Says Kalb, "I guess she was more important."