March 2, 2016


Prince Set to "Show off" Basketball Skills at Arena Concert

Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015
Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015

Prince's love of basketball is often the butt of passing jokes: It's provided lasting comic fodder on television shows and well, seems like an unlikely pastime for the diminutive artist. 

But on Tuesday Prince confirmed that his love for the game is serious: Ahead of his concert at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Friday (Mar. 4), Prince tweeted a memorable GIF of himself spinning a basketball on his fingertips with the caption: "Prince gonna show off his b-ball skills in the Oracle arena?"

Friday's concert is part of Prince's Piano & A Microphone Tour, much of which has taken place at the singer's own Chanhassen, Minnesota estate in the form of intimate living-room sessions. 

But Friday's venue might be the ideal place for Prince to break out his b-ball bravado: The Oracle Arena is home to the Golden State Warriors—easily the best team in the NBA—so the maestro behind Purple Rain is advised to bring his A-game.