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Watch Amir Johnson Lose Tug-of-War Game to Gigantic Elephant

Courtesy of Amir Johnson's Instagram
Courtesy of Amir Johnson's Instagram
Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2013

I'd love to get a look at Toronto Raptors big man Amir Johnson's bucket list.

The guy has really done some amazing things.

He made the since-outlawed preps-to-pros leap as the 56th overall pick of the 2005 NBA draft. He's started 164 games in his eight-year career and battled his way to three 20-point, 10-rebound games just last season.

He's also tried his hand as an NBA photographer, worn his team's logo (and color) on the back of his head and tossed out the opening pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game.

Safe to say he's done plenty of things the rest of us only dream about. And other things that no one dreams about.

He spent part of this offseason in Thailand, where he upped the ante for all NBA training programs as he anchored a chain of guys and gals in a tug-of-war competition with an elephant.

It sounds crazy in words, but it gets even crazier on video:

For those of you scoring at home, the 6'9" Johnson tips the scales at 210 pounds. According to the San Diego Zoo, elephants can weigh up to 15,000 pounds.

While Johnson didn't walk away with the win, give him credit for just walking away from the competition. 

Who knows where this ranked on his actual bucket list, but it had to be on there, right? I mean, you don't just stumble into a game of tug-of-war with a monstrous mammal by chance, do you?

That's actually an honest question. My apologies if it came off as rhetorical.

If anyone out there has the answer, I'd be glad to hear it.

After all, I'm just a sports scribe. I'm not Amir Johnson, the undisputed elephant king:

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