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Norris Cole, Harrison Barnes and others to compete in TNT's NBA Talent Challenge

Will #ColeBlooded take home the trophy in the inaugural talent show competition?

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Amid tonight's All-Star Saturday festivities, TNT will unveil the NBA Talent Challenge to their programming lineup at 5 p.m central. Eight current players will demonstrate a particular talent and the show will include Norris Cole playing on a jazz piano. Here is the full list of all the participants and their respective activities:

  • Harrison Barnes (saxophone)
  • Norris Cole (jazz piano)
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (singing and piano)
  • Mike Muscala (rapping)
  • Tarik Black (trumpet)
  • Jon Leuer (juggling)
  • Jeremy Evans (art/painting)
  • Miles Plumlee (unicycle)

Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will serve as judges, but fan voting will decide the winner from among five finalists.

In case you're wondering, Norris Cole revealed his talent last October to Jim Eichenhofer, "I can play the piano and I'm good at remembering movie lines and song lyrics."

Apparently, Cole had a number of interests when he was younger, and his family always supported his endeavors.

A product of a stable family, Cole spent his Sundays in church and Wednesdays in Bible study. His parents had rules. If he started something – from piano to tennis – he couldn't quit.

"If I had a bad attitude in school, they handled that quick," Cole said.

They taught him how to speak properly in public, and he participated in speech contests, learning how to elevate his voice, avoid breaking his sentences, and come across polished.

So, what do you guys think? Will Norris Cole take home the trophy?

#nbatalentchallenge @nbaontnt Tune in Sat @ 6pm!! #ColeBlooded

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