Ted Cruz shares basketball training video as he prepares for one-on-one game with Kimmel

Ted Cruz shares basketball training video as he prepares for one-on-one game with Kimmel
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSinger Leon Bridges to join Willie Nelson in performing at O’Rourke rally Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Poll: Beto O'Rourke leads Cruz by 2 points in Texas Senate race MORE (R-Texas) poked fun at himself with a video showing him practicing for his upcoming charity basketball game against late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

"Am working hard to get ready for the big game on Saturday. @jimmykimmel — are you scared yet? I’m playing better than ever," Cruz tweeted.

The tweet was accompanied by a video that showed Cruz missing jump shots and lay-ups, set to the "Chariots of Fire" theme song.


Cruz and Kimmel agreed earlier this month to compete in a charity one-on-one basketball game  after the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host had poked fun at Cruz for attending a Houston Rockets playoff game with a “super cool T-shirt over the polo look."

Cruz responded on Twitter, calling on Kimmel to “settle this man-to-man.”

".@jimmykimmel  All right, Big Guy...you talk a good game. You besmirched my support for the @HoustonRockets,” Cruz tweeted. “So let’s settle this man-to-man: one-on-one, hoops (or 'ring-ball,' if you prefer). The loser gives $5k to the (non-political) charity of the winner’s choice.”

The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. local time Saturday at Texas Southern University in Houston. The two men will play to 15 points, with each made basket counting for one point.

Tickets are free, and attendees are encouraged to donate to the two men's chosen charities: Generation One and Texas Children's Hospital.