Young Titus Ashby, a two-year-old from Derby, Kansas, “Trick-Shot” Titus has captured the internet’s attention with several highlight videos of his basketball exploits. (Note: There is no indication that Titus is a baby genius, so he probably did not devise these shots on his own.) He is a talented little boy, and he deserves attention.
Jimmy Kimmel and his staff have noticed Titus, so on Thursday night they invited him to the set for this month’s first post-NBA Finals edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Except they didn’t just let Titus shoot by himself — they pitted him in a free-throw shooting competition against a much bigger foe: 15-time All-Star Shaquille O’Neal.
Without the aid of his usual video editing, Titus put forth a decent performance and nailed eight of his shots. Shaq, a 52.7 percent free-throw shooter for his career, failed to hit a single shot, blaming his passer along the way. As a two-year-old who would have been alive for only a few (injury-riddled) months of Shaq’s NBA career, it’s likely that Titus does not understand the gravity of this accomplishment. Maybe he will figure it out when he sees “Kazaam” for the first time.