NBA Players as Actors: "And the Oscar Goes To..."

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NBA Players as Actors:
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Shaq and Ray Allen have both starred in major motion pictures.

Actors love portraying professional athletes. Pro athletes, as entertainers, love being on the big screen. Some have even taken the daring leap of faith and taken on new careers as actors in major motion pictures. When taking on each other's roles, the actor and the professional athlete alike realize how difficult their counterpart's job really is and in turn gain more respect being amazed at how easy those actors or athletes make it seem.

NBA players have taken that leap more than any other sport and with more success. On the average, NBA players are easier to market since in their game, there aren't as many athletes to get to know and their faces and bodies are easily recognized and admired. The fans and TV are so close to the court that in their styles of play, we often get to see their charisma and charm.

NBA actors soon realize that playing someone in a role in a film or television show is vastly different from spontaneously using your abilities in pressure situations, although both are done in front of millions of fans. The mind can play tricks on a person and cause that "actor" to think too much or "overact" and give a very uninspiring performance.

Few NBA players, though, have shown that they do have the talent to make the jump more readily and may even have a career after their playing days are over. Let's take a look at some of the NBA's best and worst actors as they have taken on the admirable task of becoming someone else, and attempting to make us believe his performance.

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