The world of Hollywood often mimics the NBA world with their larger-than-life plots and characters
A good basketball movie can often spark off a new generation of hoops fans, with their ability to simultaneously entertain and inspire. With the hype surrounding the latest basketball film in ‘Uncle Drew’, here are a few classics not to be missed.
The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh: Perhaps the show that kick-started them all, this 1979 flick featured a semi-absurd plot (assembling a team with the same astrological sign) and Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving in a leading role. The Doc led his team against many other NBA stars and teams all the way from NY on the East Coast to LA on the West.
Glory Road: This show as a heart-warmer, exploring the desegregation of the sport in America. The story was based on the 1966 NCAA champions, Texas Western College led by head coach Don Haskins. Using their talent, resilience and teamwork, the team manages to overcome the odds for a historic triumph.
White Men Can’t Jump: Based on the culture of flash and cool in streetball rather than professional hoops, ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ was and still is an immensely popular movie. The realistic and stylish basketball scenes were notable highlights for all hoopers despite the relative lack of actual NBA stars, with the lead actors Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes earning acclaim for their basketball skills as a pair of hustlers out to make big bucks on the blacktop.
Blue Chips: The plot of this film was focused on the pressures and scandals of high-level collegiate coaching and had a legendary cast of players and coaches including Shaquille O’Neal, Anfernee Hardaway, Larry Bird, Bobby Knight and Bobby Hurley. It will be remembered for off-court reasons however, as the play of then-collegiate prospect Hardaway impressed O’Neal so much that he convinced the Orlando Magic to trade for him in the 1993 NBA Draft, reuniting the duo on the court at the biggest stage.