Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 at 12:56 pm  |  15 responses

Quiz: The NBA on the Silver Screen

They shoot… they star!

by Chris Koseluk

The NBA Finals are finally here! After 80 games and more than a month of Playoffs, 28 teams have fallen by the wayside. Only Los Angeles and Boston remain standing. Last year’s champs against the team that kept the trophy from them the year before. Does it get any better than this?

So I thought, why not add to the fun with a different kind of trivia quiz featuring some of NBA’s best? Over the years, some of basketball’s top players have attempted to parlay their success on the court in to a film career.

Think you know all there is to know about these court legends? Then take this test. How many superstars can you match to their characters and movies?


1. Elijah Abel — sidekick to Porter Rockwell, the fastest Mormon gunslinger in the West.

2. Hacker Fletcher — a thick-glassed, computer hacking nerd who shortens his Meet the Brownsprison stay by hacking for the police.

3. Moses Guthrie — a showboating basketballer who goes from losing to winning after an astrologer convinces him to only play with teammates who share his same zodiac sign.

4. Harry — a college basketball scout pursuing a talented high schooler who ends up romantically pursing the boy’s mom.

5. Himself — an NBA superstar recruited by Bugs Bunny to participate in an intergalactic basketball game and save the Looney Tunes characters from the clutches of a scheming alien.

6. Kazaam — a genial genie who rewards a shy young boy with three wishes after the lad releases him from a boom box.

7. Butch McRae — a Chicago sharpshooter being pursued by a college coach who’ll do anything to ensure a winning basketball season for his school.

8. Roger Murdock — the ace co-pilot of a commercial airliner who bears an uncanny likeness to a famous NBA superstar.

9. Desmond Rhodes — an A-student lured in to participating in a cheating scheme after tanking during a big exam.

10. Jesus Shuttleworth — a top high school basketballer being pressured by his convict dad to accept a deal to play for a college that can keep the old man out of prison.

11. Yaz — a flamboyant, tough as nails arms dealer who forms an unlikely alliance with an ex-CIA operative to apprehend an evil terrorist.

12. Max Zamphirescu — a 7-7, soft-spoken Romanian lured to Hollywood and stardom by a fast-talking theatrical agent.


Ray Allen

Julius Erving

Rick Fox

Penny Hardaway

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Michael Jordan

Karl Malone

Darius Miles

Gheorghe Muresan

Shaquille O’Neal

Dennis Rodman

John Salley


The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

Airplane (1980)

Rockwell (1994)

Blue Chips (1994)

Bad Boys (1995)

Space Jam (1996)

Kazaam (1996)

Double Team (1997)

My Giant (1998)

He’s Got Game (1998)

The Perfect Score (2004)

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008)

How many players and movies did you match correctly? Check the next page to find out…

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    1. Elijah Abel — Karl Malone – Rockwell
    2. Hacker Fletcher – John Salley – Bad Boys
    3. Moses Guthrie – Julius Erving – The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh
    4. Harry – Rick Fox – Meet the Browns
    5. Himself – mIchael Jordan – Space Jam
    6. Kazaam – Shaq – Kazaam
    7. Butch McRae – Penny Hardaway – Blue Chips
    8. Roger Murdock – Kareem – Airplane!
    9. Desmond Rhodes – Darius Miles – The Perfect Score
    10. Jesus Shuttleworth – Ray Allen – He Got Game
    11. Yaz – Dennis Rodman – Double Team
    12. Max Zamphirescu – Gheorghe Muresan – My Giant

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Damn it, I just read the “click the next page to find out”. If I had known the answers were printed, I wouldn’t have flexed my “NBA player in cheesy movies” muscle. Fail!

  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    @Enigmatic, you’re on fire! Haha..
    I only got four of them, Yaz, MJ, Kazaam, and Jesus(!).

  • Roberto

    That took a while (and an excel spreadsheet) to figure out, but I got them all.

  • Roberto

    That took a while (and an excel spreadsheet) to figure out, but I got them all.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Fairly easy. Didnt know the karl malone one but figured it out. He played a mormon? Wtf?

  • The Dude Abides

    Wasn’t there a movie starring Alex English as an NBA player who participates in some protest against nuclear weapons that was organized by some kid? I seem to recall it could have been pretty good, but the actor playing the kid had the range of Chuck Norris trying to act stoic.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    There were only two players in motion pictures over the past decade (mentioned in the quiz, at least)?

  • http://Dsdfkjlsa.com Jukai

    The Dude Abides: That was one of the worst movies ever made. Really.

  • Troy P

    The Alex English movie was “Amazing Grace & Chuck”.

  • Eric

    Rick Fox was also in the movie HOLES as Clyde “Sweetfeet” Livingston.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Rick Fox played Jackson Vahue in the HBO show “Oz.” One of the best shows ever, and he does a great job with his role.

  • http://www.twitter.com/retepadam Peter Nygaard

    Haven’t checked yet. My answers:

    1 – Karl Malone – Rockwell
    2 – John Salley – Bad Boys
    3 – Julius Erving – The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
    4 – Rick Fox – Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns
    5 – Michael Jordan – Space Jam
    6 – Shaq – Kazaam
    7 – Penny Hardaway – He Got Game
    8 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Airplane
    9 – Darius Miles – The Perfect Score
    10 – Ray Allen – Blue Chips
    11 – Dennis Rodman – Double Team
    12 – Gheorghe Muresan – My Giant

  • http://www.twitter.com/retepadam Peter Nygaard

    Oh, wow.

    How did I confuse Blue Chips with He Got Game?

  • Yesse

    4. Rick Fox – Meet The Browns.
    5. Michael Jordan – Space Jam
    6. Shaquille O’Neal – Kazaam
    10. Ray Allen – He Got Game
    11. Dennis Rodman – Double Team.

    The ones i remember, atleast.