Sub Pop recently released The Postal Service's Everything Will Change on DVD/Blu Ray. The film captures the group's concert at Berkeley's Greek Theater on its 2013 reunion (and likely final) tour. If you're a fan of the Postal Service, you'll love it (or if you know one, it'd make a great Christmas gift). It's certainly more of a concert film than a documentary, not revealing any new background information and only including brief interstitial interviews with each of the band members (Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello, Jenny Lewis).

But we're not here to discuss the merits of Everything Will Change. We're here to talk about something else entirely...


The above is the first shot you see of the aformentioned interstitial interviews. For some reason, Ben Gibbard decided to conduct his entire interview for Everything Will Change while playing basketball. Really.

"Shoot the J... shoot it!" - Prince

Gibbard's basketball playing in Everything Will Change is just as weird as it appears in the GIFs. That said, he is a noted sports fan. Before deleting his Twitter account, he spent most of the time sending musings about the Seattle Mariners (and even wrote an Ichiro tribute song). He's also an avid runner, who has recently gotten into ultra marathons. But basketball previously wasn't part of his known skillset. Arcade Fire's Win Butler has a well-established track record as indie rock's premiere baller (and ball thief), so Gibbard entering the game is certainly noteworthy.

So it's time to breakdown his skills.

First thing that stands out is Gibbard hasn't dressed the part. True hoopsters (basketball hipsters) know to dress in throwback jerseys (preferably of obscure, but mildly memorable players). Also, his hand size is not ideal. To go pro, you probably need to be able to palm the ball.

How about that quick catch and release? Gibbard displays solid coordination with this move. And while no one is going to declare him a bank shot master like Tim Duncan anytime soon, using the glass is a sign of a heady player.

Look at the intense concentration on his face before he releases the shot. That's the level of focus one needs to perform in the clutch. (Having actual defenders complicates the matter, but that's neither here nor there.)



Here Gibbard shows his ability as a natural floor general, calling up an overly complex play through a series of hand gestures.

Look, if you're going to cut away quickly before the ball even comes close to the rim, I'm going to assume it was a miss.


Traveling. Again. Get your head in the game, Gibbard.

The pseudo reverse layup showcases Gibbard's decent agility and total lack of vertical. Again, the quick cut has to make me assume it rimmed out. The second part of the image gives us a clearer look at the form of his jump shot. There's a touch of NBA sharpshooter Steve Novak in there, but the follow through is unfortunately a little too horizontal to believe the form will remain consistently reliable.

Wait... you've been playing this whole time in a gym with tables and chairs? Seriously, Ben, what is going on?

Finally, Gibbard breaks out his signature move—the bashful dribble. Unstoppable against a fragile heart; very stoppable against a skilled defender.

*Final Box Score*

FG Shooting: 3-6 (presumably)
Slow motion use: Liberal
Traveling violations: Innummerable

NBA Player Comp: Poor man's Tim Legler

Scout's take: While he displays a ton of heart, the kid simply doesn't have what it takes to make the Sonics.

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