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Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 3:49 pm  |  86 responses

B. Manley Speaks

How one Shaqtatious Tweet has turned Bruce Manley’s life upside down.

by Chris O’Leary

“You know the one from halfcourt, where I flip it through my legs then over my head and then behind the back? I’ve made that shot on my first try.”

Conversation with Bruce Manley, it turns out, is almost as unreal as watching him on tape.

An overnight YouTube sensation thanks to a Shaq Tweet where he said he wanted to find Manley for a $1000 game of H.O.R.S.E., Manley has seen his trick-shot video jump from 300 views last Tuesday night to upwards of 250,000 by Monday morning.

He might look like one in the video, but the 25-year-old bank employee from Sparta, NJ isn’t claiming to be a miracle worker. He admits that some of the shots in his videos have taken some time to make. But as he and numerous friends and family have insisted in the comments section of this site and others, every shot in the video is legit.

“Some of the shots take a little while,” Manley says. “If I shoot it behind the back from the other foul line, I’m still confident that in one or two, maybe three tries, I’ll hit the rim. I try and put it in that general area, and obviously, it’s got to get a tiny bit lucky but it’s definitely more skill than luck. The last shot over the wall, that everyone’s claiming is fake, I made on the 14th try.”

As you can see in the video, the behind the back shot is Manley’s bread and butter. He started working on it when he was 14, after he hurt his shoulder playing baseball.

“I used to pitch and I hurt my shoulder,” he explains. “It wasn’t anything that serious, I didn’t get surgery or anything like that but whenever I went to throw overhand my shoulder would just pop a little bit and it became kind of painful.”

As crazy as Manley’s skills and videos are, it wasn’t until Shaq got involved that things took off. Thomas Litteer, who edited the video, grew up with Manley and is now his manager. He got Shaq to look at the video through some unconventional methods.

“(Litteer) was pretty sly and he posted it (on Twitter for Shaq) and the subject was, ‘Shaq check this out, it’s Chris Bosh and Greg Oden’s love child,’” Manley says. “He did something creative, so when Shaq saw it he clicked on it and then it just blew up.”

And blow up it has. On Sunday night, Litteer was on the radio in Baltimore, talking about the video. The video itself is making its rounds on blogs and shortly after the views started taking off, Bruce’s phone started ringing, with TV people looking to talk with him. Litteer is working on sponsorships, but is keeping quiet on the specifics. He’s hoping it’ll be tied in with Manley’s game of H.O.R.S.E. against Shaq, which could take place in early July. The involvement of TV networks, Litteer says, could push it back to later in the month.

For what it’s worth, Manley is confident that he can take Shaq in H.O.R.S.E., as long as there are two rules.

“One, no dunks and to make it fair, I won’t shoot foul shots,” he says. “I hope Shaq isn’t offended by that comment.”

Litteer says the big fella, just like the rest of us, wants to see Bruce for himself.

“(Shaq) mentioned on the phone that he didn’t believe it, he wanted to see it in person,” he says. “I think that’s a big part, not so much that he thinks he can beat Bruce at H.O.R.S.E. or anything, he wants to see if it’s real.”

Litteer has posted a new video with Manley, this one showing his passing abilities. No word on if a Shaq and LeBron two-on-two challenge will be issued yet.

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  • riggs

    See sometimes u can hate shaq and times like these where u just say man shaq is cool.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Just like Lawyer Lebron said, “Dude’s Fakin’”.

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    This dude is crazy. Good luck in the HORSE competition. Shaq has his work cut out for him. Nice DJ Drama mix in the backround.

  • niQ

    to be honest, i don’t really care about this HORSE game..

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  • Bruce’s Mom

    Bruce’s shots defy logic, but I know they are real because I have seen them. He is my son.

  • Diesel

    I’ve slept with Bruce’s Mom…the shots are real.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Come on Diesel. Have a little respect, man.

  • Diesel

    That is not Bruce’s Mom. If it is I’ll eat my shoe….and apologize.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com/shaemorin doyouwantmore

    I know Diesel’s mom.

  • Diesel

    man you got me. good one.

  • Bruce Manley

    yeah Diesel it really is, but i’m sure you just thought somone was messing around. thanks for writing this article Chris, it looks great

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    ‘Shaq check this out, it’s Chris Bosh and Greg Oden’s love child,’

    haha what a way to trick Shaq

  • Hubert

    Off topic, how come no NBA dunker has attempted a double between the legs dunk? I routinely do this in NBA Live’s Dunk Contest. Is it really that hard? I bet JRich and/or VC can easily do it.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    While we’re on the subject of dunks, I’d like to point out that Ricky Davis is the most underrated dunker in the history of basketball.
    Peep the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, where Vince Carter straight up owns it with a classic through the legs jam.
    That SAME contest, for Ricky’s last dunk, he puts the ball backwards through his legs, grabs it, and then does a 2 handed reverse jam ALL in mid-air.
    Keep in mind this is at least 2-3 years before Jason Richardson’s “revolutionary” reverse/backwards through the legs dunk.
    The sad thing is, nobody gave a crud about Ricky’s dunk at all…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh yeah, and I shall I mention that Ricky Davis is the first player ever to make a through the legs dunk in a game? When he was on the Cavs, it was a freakin’ fast break and he was being chased. He didn’t even have time to really plant… He goes up off ONE foot and does a through the legs dunk. The sad thing is, most people didn’t care about this dunk either…
    Anyways, Ricky is the most underrated dunker ever.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I think I might have to start believing the Trickshot Bruce Manley hype. Good job B.

  • Diesel

    If you’re his mom (still don’t believe it) then sorry for the comment. Who’s the white guy catching the oops?

  • http://youtube.com/jusanthrday LEFTLANE6_CEO

    it is his ma dukes. an the dunker is John Clark

  • tom

    they should bring him in for all star weekend dunk contest, he can create!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    To put it in the immortal words of that french skit they do on SNL: ZOUT ALORS! Holy christ, Shaq is gonna get pwned! Bruce is the man! I called my girl in to watch the first vid, and she just watched in silence, then started cackling hysterically when i said Shaq “challenged” Bruce to a game of horse. This is gonna rock…Video evidence please, lots of it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Ok the passing vid up top is SICK! Bruce should be called “wrap-around”. Dude can throw behind the backs with the best of them.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    watching these crazy videos makes me wonder about that jesse dunn aka “damn,” and “neo” guy that lang brought up a while back. where’s he been?

  • Prentice

    They should get Bron to play HORSE against the dude, that would be worth watching.

  • the big ticket

    this guy is dope check this vid the 2nd one wher he makes the shots not oops

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/07/03/SPEAK-UP-With-James-MacArthur-Live-From-The-Bunker A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

    B. Manley on the radio. Call in and ask your questions live on air. Thursday 3 July 2009, 9:00PM eastern, streaming world wide: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/07/03/SPEAK-UP-With-James-MacArthur-Live-From-The-Bunker

    **EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW** Can Shaq be beaten by an unknown white boy? Who is B. Manley? White men can’t jump, but this one can shoot! After seeing a video of trick shot master B. Manley, Shaq put out a challenge! Meet the man who will play Shaq Diesel for $1000 in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Call in with your questions for the man who could beat Shaquille O’Neal!

  • Bruce’s Mom

    Dear Diesel, whoever you may be, I can assure you that you did not sleep with me, and by the way, this really is his mother. And as someone above commented, have some respect.

  • Diesel

    ummm..that would be why I apologized

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Again……it’s going to be really f*cking funny once this “battle” takes place and both of them miss 30 to 40 attempts each to get someone to H.O.R.S.E.

  • Bruce’s Mom

    Dear Diesel, Apology accepted, but next time you should think before you write something like that. What if it were your mother and my son said something like that to your mother? You would not like it either. Let’s keep it clean and above board, got it?

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/07/03/SPEAK-UP-With-James-MacArthur-Live-From-The-Bunker A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

    You tell em Bruce’s Mom! Teach some of these OBVIOUS young-ins respect. It’s a shame that so many folks thing just because it’s the internet they can act like total fools!

    Just finished interviewing Bruce on local radio in Baltimore, he was amazing. Really impressed with how humble and down to earth he was. Must be from mamas training.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/07/03/SPEAK-UP-With-James-MacArthur-Live-From-The-Bunker A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

    BTW, the date is wrong in my post a few above this one. The live interview will be on Thursday July 2nd, sorry for any confusion folks. Just click my name above seen in blue, it will take you right to the show page. Call in #, listen live, etc. all there.

  • Diesel

    Are we serious here? I apologize twice and you still lecture me? Blow me Bruce’s mom. Your son’s 15 minutes will be up in about 2 minutes. I’ll be sure to tell him I saw him on Slam back in the day when he’s bagging my groceries…behind his back.

  • age

    what high school does b manley go to

  • Krishan

    haha diesel

  • JG

    @Teddy-the-Bear…under the leg dunks are much easier off one foot then off two feet..cuase you taking off ur leg already in the position for the ball 2 pass through..i’ve gotten that never got it off a two foot jump

  • Bruce Manley

    diesel is a hater and has no respect. what a chump

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/06/30/Taxi-Talk-Radio-With-Larry-The-Celebrity-Cab-Driver A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

    B.Manley’s first talk radio interview. Click on my name in blue to get taken directly to the streaming audio.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Damn, Diesel received a scolding (and then even though he apologized, got another one). Yep, i’d say his outburst at 5:48 pm was forseeable.

  • http://mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    now we’ve really seen it all on SLAM hahaha thanks Bruce’s mom and Diesel. It’s too bad Anton wasn’t here for a sexist oneliner or too.

  • Bruce’s Mom

    Dear Diesel, You sound very miserable and a little jealous maybe? There you go with your disrespect again. I would hate to see how your treat your girfriend, and obviously your apology meant nothing.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    so diesel.. you gonna eat your shoe?

  • http://mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    This is turning into something beautiful. I am eagerly awaiting another response from Diesel…

  • http://mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    ^^^^I meant “or two”, obviously

  • Diesel

    Bruce, in order to be a hater, I’d have to be jealous of something you’ve accomplished. From the way I see it, you’ve accomplished trying to post a youtube clip…wow, don’t set your sights too high. This wouldn’t even be a story on Slam if it wasn’t a slow news week. With the NBA trades starting up I look forward to never hearing about you again. Maybe then your mom won’t have to go trolling for blogs where your name is mentioned, so she can comment “I know the videos are real…because I’m his mother.” I love the way you gave us that information all suspenseful like that. So are you two typing from the same computer? Is one of you typing comebacks while the other stands there thinking of their next witty response?

  • Bruce’s Mom

    Dear Jame MacArthur, Thanks for the compliment regarding my son. He was always taught to be respectful and to stand up for himself, but not pick a fight or be a bully to anyone or else he would have to answer to me if I got wind of it. I would make him write an essay if he was disrepectful on why what he did was wrong or else I would make him write 500 times, “I was wrong to …” or “I should not have …”

  • Bruce’s Mom

    Dear Diesel, Get a life because it seems like you have WAY too much time on your hands. Why don’t you accomplish something for yourself instead of trying to knock someone else down and deflate them just because you are miserable.

  • Diesel

    I have way too much time on my hands???!!! I’m not the one perfecting behind the back full court shots….or googling my son’s name all day.

  • http://mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    ask and you shall receive

  • Diesel

    I said my piece. I’m done now. Feel free to talk about me while I’m gone.

  • Bruce’s Mom

    Dear Diesel, Blah, Blah, Blah, Yawn!

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/06/30/Taxi-Talk-Radio-With-Larry-The-Celebrity-Cab-Driver A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

    Diesel sounds like a bunch of hot air. Fumes maybe?

  • Bruce’s Mom

    Dear James MacArthur, Really. I was always told if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I guess he never heard that one before, huh?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’d like some clarification from Ryne if this list of “characters” are actually real and posting from different IP addresses or just a group a few similar locations posting to try and promote this half-witted attempt at being basketball relevant?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    and i second E’s notion on this. This is too surreal to be the real deal, right? Oh and Hish is CRACKING ME UP with his sidenotes… great stuff

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Slamonline! Where getting caught lying on your d!ck happens.
    Nicely done Diesel!!

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    I agree with Eboy. We don’t know that this is REALLY Mrs. Manley…

  • GeT On ThE LeVeL

    Dear Slam bloggers, I am wayne manley, father of Bruce and sorry for my wifes involvement. I was wonderin wat she was doin on the computer at 2 in tha morning. Sorry for the inconvinience. Get em Bruce!!!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Bruce’s pops needs some literay lessons.

  • GeT On ThE LeVeL

    Dear Eboy,
    I didn’t know I had to type correctly to get my point across but since you insist I will. You and Diesel must be the same persob because you both are ignorant fat losers who only wish they could get up and down a basketball court. Get your cheetoh fingers off the computer basement boy and show some respect. Geez!!!

  • Diesel

    Hey I’m not fat!

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/06/30/Taxi-Talk-Radio-With-Larry-The-Celebrity-Cab-Driver A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

    If Diesel’s not fat, then he’s probably a pimply faced, skinny kid with no talent.

    To Eboy, how about doing some simple research and see that we’re not fake and or the same people. I’m a well known local media personality in Baltimore, MD.

    There are few people in the industry here who’ve never heard of Jimi The Bodyguard (radio name) aka A.F. James MacArthur (print media sig).

    AGAIN, you could click on my name and you hear me and my partner interview B.Manley live on air. The jealousy among you haters is becoming so obvious, but it’s giving me a good laugh too. I love internet skeptics. Always thinking because someone is doing or has done something you never could, then it must not be true.

  • Diesel

    I hear ya A.F….I know all those big time DJ’s go on blogs and beg people to go the their website…you’ve shilled your website 4 times in these few threads alone. Nobody cares about you. Eboy was talking about the fake Manley’s above. How did you decide to interview Bruce…Did your landlord not have enough time to do an interview or something? Seriously guys, please click on my name.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well, I guess at some point in my life I was a pimply faced kid….but being a DJ in Baltimore (if that’s even you) is nothing to be boastful about. Jimi the Bodyguard? What, was Jimi the Self-Promoting Whore With No Listeners taken? Work on picking up your 1 share instead of trying to have word battles with unseen internet commenters.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/06/30/Taxi-Talk-Radio-With-Larry-The-Celebrity-Cab-Driver A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

    The point was to give you guys a chance to actually hear B.Manley speak and answer some of the questions being asked here. As a news journalist/talk show producer I’m hardly considered a DJ, big time or otherwise. I stopped spinning records on air nearly 20 years ago.

    As a writer, and editor on several news sites, I spend a lot of time online, I get paid to, how about you? Diesel, when you own your own home, you don’t have a landlord.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    How did a couple of promotional Youtube videos of a guy about to play H.O.R.S.E. turn into an E-Beef (admittedly, pretty entertaining) of Eboy and Diesel vs. Bruce Manley, his parents, and a DJ from Baltimore? This is bizarre, to say the least.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Happy Canada Day everyone!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I was simply asking questions Teddy…..DJ A-Hole started in with the insults.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Whats-Up-Baltimore/2009/06/30/Taxi-Talk-Radio-With-Larry-The-Celebrity-Cab-Driver A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

    Eboy, when did I insult you? You must be mistaking my comments towards Diesel, unless….you and Diesel are one in the same. Hmmmmmm…..

  • Diesel

    Teddy, it can all be explained if someone would please just click on my name so my website gets a hit.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Classic beef scenario!! Someone said something about somebody’s momma an dem!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    All good, Eboy.

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    Diesel, hate to break it to you, but you don’t have a link….

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    And Eboy and Diesel are NOT the same person.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    HAHA!!
    These comments are hilarious!
    Moose- Diesel knows he doesn’t have a link – it’s called satire/irony whatever you want to call it.
    You guys take yourselves waaayy too seriously sometimes. Man, this was funny to read.

  • Bruce’s Mom

    The person above who said that they were my husband is full of it, and my ex-husband is totally literate and his name is not Wayne.

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    I believe Bruce’s Mom now.

  • T-BONE

    aaahhhhhh… the pressure’s on now Mr. O’Neal. I can see it now… a lot of tryin’ and & a lotta cryin’! This will be great for Bruce, Shaq and the fans !!! You guys should make a superbowl commercial for Footlocker or something out of this – Nice anyway for a guy like Bruce to get his props. Hope they get a ground view vid shot of Shaq’s jaw hittin’ the ground from way up – I can just see Shaq shakin’ his head and smilin’- Sure it will be CRAzY no matter what the outcome! Go Jersey Boy!

  • Mr.2012

    My Prediction
    Shaq=H-O-R…
    BM=H-O-R-S-E.

  • that dude

    I don’t get it. These are all passes… why would he be particularly good at HORSE?

  • T-BONE

    Hey “That dude” – here’s the link that explains why Shaq wants to play him – Starts off slow but ends HOT! http://www.youtube.com/jusanthrday

  • andres

    hummm… i guess white boys CAN fly, who knew

  • missunderstood

    How did a couple of promotional Youtube videos of a guy about to play H.O.R.S.E. turn into an E-Beef (admittedly, pretty entertaining) of Eboy and Diesel vs. Bruce Manley, his parents, and a DJ from Baltimore? This is bizarre, to say the least. ______________________________

    COSIGN!!! this was one of the best cyber-beef exchanges I’ve read in a long time! Hilarious…

  • http://fsjkalf.com Jukai

    Diesel is my new personal freaking hero.
    Bruce, pull a Lebron and tell your mom to sit her ass down.

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  • Mr.2012

    Wait wait so the supposed father of bruce isn’t really his father? LMAO definitely one of the wierdest but entertainig e-beefs I have seen.Cosign Jukai

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