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John Legend Surprises with His Secret Sporty Side in Impressive New Video

The Voice Coach revealed his surprise hidden talent on the basketball court. 

By Jackie Manno

Along with his top-quality musical skills, The Voice Coach John Legend proved that he is beast on the basketball court as well. 

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On August 22, Legend's basketball coach, Chris Matthews, posted a funny video of himself walking in on Legend playing piano in a gym. But he soon stopped playing the instrument and began shooting hoops just feet away.

"Coach, I've been hooping since 6 a.m., where have you been?" Legend said before the continued their intense workout. 

In the video, Legend managed to get nothing but net five times in a row. Swish!

"Is this what you left to do five days ago? That's a lot of takes," Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen commented on the post, to which Legend responded with a crying-laughing emoji. 

John Legend before his musical fame

Although the "All of Me" singer is now known for his best-selling albums and EGOT win, Legend's career actually could've turned out much differently. That's because before he achieved fame, the Ivy League graduate actually had a job as a business management consultant at Boston Consulting Group.

 

"I learned a lot. I met a lot of great people, I’m still friends with a lot of those folks, too. I think it just ups your level of expectation for the kind of business you want to work with. And how you work in teams, how you come to good decisions as a team, and I think all of those things helped me in my career, as a musician," Legend told CNBC reporter John Harwood of the experience in 2018. 

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However, Legend has had a fondness for music since his early days. In fact, his first major gig was playing piano on a track on the legendary 1998 hip hop album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill when he was a college student at University of Pennsylvania

John Legend sits in his chair

Legend told the story to fellow The Voice Coaches in 2019. "So this girl, she used to sing with me in my church choir that I was directing in college. She was like: 'you wanna go hang out with me at the studio with Lauryn Hill? She's working on her solo album.' So I go to the studio, and they're making what eventually became 'Everything is Everything'. And in a little break, I went and played her two songs. I sang a Stevie Wonder song and an original song of mine on the piano. And then she was like: 'Why don't you play on the song I'm working on?'" he explained, impressing them all.