Greatest Movies Starring NBA Players [VIDEO]
I just found out that comedian Kevin Hart is reportedly making a movie with Lebron James. Snooze. Bring a book. Unfortunately, if this movie gets made, it will probably set all kinds of records. These two are on top of their respective games, and that’s all it will take for some snot-nosed kid wearing a Heat jersey to ask his mom to shell out $11 to see it. Naturally, this news begs the question – “DK, what are the greatest movies ever made with NBA players in them?”
5. Space Jam
Space Jam is an obvious choice. MJ teaming up with a bunch of Looney Tunes characters saving the world by playing basketball against aliens. Unfortunately, the soundtrack was much better. Next!
“Tell your old man, to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.” Obviously the movie itself is epic, and one of the best comedies of all time, but we’re basing it on NBA players and their impact on the movie. I guess.
3. My Giant
Two words: Gheorghe Muresan. At 7 feet, 7 inches, he is one of the tallest players in NBA history. Manute Bol was the other tallest player of all time. Look at this picture of Manute to comprehend just how freakishly tall he is. Not to make this about Manute, but this movie is sitting at #3 solely because it has a 7′ 7″ goon in it and to my knowledge Manute wasn’t in a movie.
2. He Got Game
Probably the best movie all around of any of these. Ray Allen as Jesus Shuttlesworth, and Denzel Washington as every character he always plays in movies. Amazing combo.
1. Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend
Goose bump city. The story of Basketball Jesus come to life in a grainy VHS movie. Technically this is more of a documentary, but when ranking NBA players in anything, you have to include Larry Legend. I have this on VHS in my dresser bottom drawer at home. I’ll have to pull it out sometime if I can find a VCR. Maybe I’ll ask Jonathan.
*Honorable mention: Kazaam.
Nobody in the NBA, aside from maybe Brian Scalabrine, has more charm and charisma than Shaquille O’Neal. I never liked genies, so this movie was doomed from the get go.