From NBA to Hollywood: NBA Stories That Should Be Made into Movies
The past 10 years in the NBA have had much drama, comedy, sad endings, happy endings—basically all the material you need for an Oscar winning movie.
So many movies have been made off of real sports stories, so many classics. You've got Rudy, Hoosiers, Remember The Titans; I am going to find any good movie material that has happened in the last ten years, find a title for it, choose the actors for the many people in the plot, and give you the rundown of the movie.
Shouldn't be hard; we've had the Malice at the Palace, the Warriors beating the Mavs, the Shaq and Kobe feuds...everything. Shouldn't be hard to make a couple Oscar nominees.
Enjoy and please comment.
Without further ado, the top movies of the last decade in the NBA.
(If you have any other ideas for movies, please comment—it's really not as easy as it looks though)
Golden State Beats Mavs--We Believe
It was Round One, Mavericks versus Warriors. It was supposedly over before it even started. The Mavericks had completed one of the best seasons in NBA history, and the Warriors were just a completely unorthodox team who barely made it.
Then it ensued:
Warriors won the first. And ultimately, primarily because of momentum in winning the first game, won the series. Six great games. But the fall of one great team.
One of the best series to watch in recent memory; undoubtedly deserves a movie about it—now.
Baron Davis—Chris Rock
Don Nelson—John Candy
Dirk Nowitzki—Sean Bean
Though not a comedy, Chris Rock and Davis share a lot of physical similarities, and Rock has claimed he can do more than a bit on the hard court. He could also add some comedy, because, as we all know, a team with Stephen Jackson, the overweight Don Nelson, and a completely abnormal bunch is generally anything but serious.
John Candy (Uncle Buck, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Cool Runnings) does not resemble Nelson in his face, but his body, if not bigger, is perfect. Candy would be perfect for this role, already acting in a couple sports movies, and could exemplify Don Nelson's strange yet intelligently humorous attitude perfectly in the movie "We Believe".
Sean Bean, Lord of the Rings, looks like Dirk, yet the real reason casting him as Dirk is, through Lord of the Rings, he has shown he can let his emotions through him during his acting, yet can also show his shyer side.
Dirk can get aggressive and crazy, but sometimes acts like a baby (or pussy, as Tim Thomas put it)—perfect for Sean Beans acting way.
The movie shows how both teams survived and dominated the season—primarily focusing on the Warriors—and then got to the playoffs. A tragedy for those of us who fall for the Mavs in the movie, and a completely heart-warming movie while seeing the Warriors climb from nothing, with Nelson leading the way, to finally accomplish beating the Mavs.
"We Believe" this would be a great movie.
Micheal Jordans Arrival to the Wizards--The Return Pt. 2
Micheal Jordan left the Bulls after three championships. He came back, leading the team to three more, and leading the way for the Oscar-winning movie, "The Return". Not really, but that first part was true.
Then, after his sixth championship altogether, Jordan said his team was done in a heart-warming goodbye, and waved away the NBA.
But, like a smoke addict, it wasn't enough. He was addicted.
The Bulls didn't want him back, but Washington did. Quickly, he quite possibly became the biggest household name in all of Washington. Quite a feat considering some people living in D.C.
After two mediocre seasons, and his final wave goodbye, "The Return Pt. 2" is now a necessary movie, sure to get some fame.
Micheal Jordan—Don Cheadle
Only one actor is needed for this movie. Because only one player was even remotely good in those two seasons with the Wiz. Proof? The next best player was probably Popeye Jones. Obviously you haven't heard of him.
A younger Don Cheadle would be needed, one who could at least appear to have around the same physical strength as that of Jordan's.
The movie would just focus on the team as a whole, evidently the main character being Jordan.
When he says his final goodbye, tears would be more than welcome.
Boston Gets Garnett, Pierce, and Allen--Final Hopes
Boston had just finished one of the worst seasons in NBA history—definitely one of the worst in Celtics history. Boston basketball wasn't supposed to be like this; Russell, Bird, even Pierce's earlier years had never experienced any thing like this. It just wasn't how the Celtics came along.
Danny Ainge knew this, luckily. So, he made a deal in the draft, trading Jeff Green, and received Ray Allen. At least a good playoff run was now a possibility. But Ainge wanted more. Ainge wanted a championship.
He got Garnett, miserable in Minnesota, trading away almost half the team. This, people said, is a team that can win it all. Three All-Stars, three future HOF's all together: perfect.
They went on to win the championship. Their first.
Pierce—Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.—if you don't know this name, you'll remember him as the actor who coined the phrase "show me the money!" in the movie Jerry McGuire—looks like Paul Pierce, and is extremely athletic, meaning some of the basketball scenes could be easier for an actor like him.
Mos Def, mainly known as a rapper, has acted in many movies before, and honestly looks like a twin in comparison to Allen. (Wouldn't be too bad if he busted a couple of rhymes for the movie either.)
Finally, T.I. I honestly had no choice for Garnett but him. Garnett has such a unique look, what with his lanky body and skinny head, and would be really hard to act out with his crazy mentality.
But T.I shares the same strange body look and, as proven in some of his raps, has a crazy side of his own to share.
The movie would be based on the difficulties the team faced on and off of the court, which all teams have, and would end with a picture of them all holding the trophy. There could also be a look in each of the player's past.
Shaq and Kobe Feud, Break Dynasty--Star Wars: L.A. Style
They had it all: two of the greatest, if not the two best, players in the NBA on the same team. Then they won three O'Briens in a row. They had already become a dynasty, and, if everything went near right, could become the single winningest championship team ever. More than Russell's Celtics.
But, for once, Hollywood didn't have a happy ending. Kobe and Shaq feuded, Kobe wanted Shaq out, Shaq wanted Kobe out. Shaq was traded to the Heat, ultimately helping the Heat right away.
Kobe's Lakers struggled at first, but, a couple years later, picking Kobe over Shaq seems like one of the smartest decisions.
Here comes the story of the construction of one of the NBA's greatest dynasties. Here also comes the story of the destruction of this dynasty.
Shaq—Quinton Aaron (Backup: Cleveland Brown from Family Guy.) Older Shaq could always be Stanley from The Office.
Phil Jackson—Jack Nicholson
Quinton Aaron (the actor of The Blind Side) is around Shaq's size and could demonstrate Shaq's mean streak, as well as his much softer side.
Though this movie would be far from comedy, Martin Lawrence is a good actor and, though he is mainly for laughs, he has starred in a couple serious, yet good, movies.
Jack Nicholson doesn't look much like Jackson, but is a terrific actor and could portray Phil perfectly. (Plus, he is a diehard fan in real life, so he's had plenty of time to examine Phil's traits.)
The movie would consist of showing the dynasty build, and then slowly crumble.
Malice at the Palace
Doesn't even need another title. What actually happened says it all.
In 2005-2006, somewhat in the early season, a fight, the malice, broke out in the Detroit Stadium coined the Palace.
The rest was history: Artest and Wallace dispute, cup thrown from fan, Artest charges into stands, a bunch of other players from both teams follow. Bam. The single biggest fight, and embarrassment, for the NBA of the past 20, or 30, seasons.
Lastly, just imagine this as the movie: After every part that they show of the malice, they have a flashback to one of the players' childhoods, or something of the sort. And plenty of interviews.
Final scene of movie: the punch Artest threw—in slow motion.
Movie of the year, I think?