The players gonna play, play, play, play, play — and Taylor Swift will be there to congratulate them when they win awards for said playing. The "Shake It Off" singer made a rare appearance on social media in a pre-recorded video congratulating Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who was named Most Valuable Player at the inaugural NBA Awards on Monday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder's official account shared Swift's message on Twitter following Westbrook's win. In the video, Swift, sporting curly hair and standing in front of an ivy-covered backdrop, provides a fictional account of how the two standouts in their respective fields have helped each other advance their careers — fictional because, well, they've actually never met.
She said, "Remember I was the one who taught you to play basketball. I was the one who taught you to dribble, to shoot hoops, and I remember the first time you beat me at basketball. I was very upset, and 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. That’s why I’m a part of your congratulations video, because we just, we go back 20 years. Actually, we’ve never met. That’s a fake story, but I wish it were the truth."
People reports that Westbrook is actually a longtime fan of Swift's. In years past, the basketball star has shared videos of himself singing along to her hits including "Bad Blood," "22," and even "We Are Never Getting Back Together" while in the audience of one of Taylor Swift's own concerts.
Swift, for her part, has remained largely out of the public eye while she supposedly works on a new album and spends time with her new beau Joe Alwyn, though her musical rival Katy Perry has recently been extremely open about the feud between the two pop stars. Perry even, ironically, penned the basketball-themed "Swish Swish" supposedly in reference to the ongoing tiff.
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