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Kevin Hart’s Saturday Night Live audition included an Avery Johnson impression (VIDEO)

New Orleans Hornets v Dallas Mavericks, Game 4

DALLAS - APRIL 27: Head coach Avery Johnson of the Dallas Mavericks watches the action against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the American Airlines Center on April 27, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. The Hornets won 97-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Roanld Martinez/Getty Images)

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This is brilliant. Admittedly, the audience for it may be a bit small, still it is fantastic.

Comedy superstar — and four-time NBA All-Star weekend celebrity game MVP — Kevin Hart once auditioned to be part of the Saturday Night Live cast. He missed out. Which in hindsight seems a huge miss, but Hart said he understood why he missed out.

Because he did an imitation of Avery Johnson during the audition. The little general. Former NBA player and Spurs coach. While Avery Johnson’s voice is actually pretty funny, you are aiming at a pretty narrow demographic. And Lorne Michaels isn’t in it.

Still, pretty good impression.

Hat tip to Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie.