Taylor Swift made a video for an NBA player she doesn’t know

Unless Taylor Swift is playing hide and seek with the paparazzi or  pin the relationship label on the Hollywood hunk, sports aren’t really her thing.

She doesn’t have close friends who are athletes and she doesn’t regularly attend sporting events of any kind.

Yes, she’s sat courtside at a basketball game before, but that’s just part of the job when you’re an A-list celebrity. It doesn’t mean anything.

But despite her lack of involvement with sports, Taylor Swift still filmed a congratulations video for an NBA player. And yes, it’s just as weird as you’d think it is.

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Last night, this thing called the NBA Awards happened.

It’s a brand spankin’ new award show, where basketball players get recognition for being ballers. Literally.

And since Russell Westbrook was named regular-season MVP, the NBA did that thing where they get somebody that award recipient loves to film a little congratulations video. And believe it or not, Russell Westbrook is a noted Taylor Swift fan.

Perhaps sensing that this request was a little weird, Taylor dedicated the congratulations video to making an extended joke about how she was the one who taught Russell to play basketball and he was the one to come up with the phrase, “Shake It Off.”

Then abruptly, Taylor Swift awkwardly says, JK, I don’t know, but congrats anyway.

Here’s her whole speech verbatim. As you’re reading, imagine lots of semi-awkward pauses and hand gestures punctuating the phrases:

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“Ahhh, Russell. It’s Taylor, remember? I was the one who taught you how to play basketball. I was the one who taught you how to dribble, to shoot hoops, you know? And I remember the first time you beat me at basketball, and I was very upset, and you said, if you remember correctly, you said, ‘you just have to shake it off.’ And I got an idea. So essentially we have each other to thank for these careers, obviously. um so that’s wha I’m a part of your congratulations video because we’ve just, we go back what 20 years, actually we’ve never met and that’s a, that’s a fake story, but I wish it was the truth and uhm, you are amazing, you’re the MVP, I’m so happy for you. Sending you the biggest hug ever. Congratulations.”

The whole thing is kind of funny in an awkward way, but let’s just say it’s not the kind of funny where you’re laughing with Taylor.

Clearly, somebody’s been getting some lessons from Lena Dunham on how to make jokes in public.

If only Taylor had funnier friends.

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