Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm  |  31 responses

And The Oscar Goes To…

NBA players make their picks for Best Basketball Movie.

by Duane Watson / @sweetswatson

The Oscars are around the corner and while the Academy Awards often include films that you’ve probably never seen or heard of, we’re talking about the classics.

SLAMonline polled some NBA players with a simple easy goal—to get their picks on their favorite basketball movie.

Glen Davis: I like Juwanna Mann, in fact I’ve always thought about that. Like, What if I dressed up as a girl and be like the…Shaq of the WNBA?

SLAM: Do you think you can pull that off?

GD: Hell no!

Manu Ginobili: Of course, Space Jam was amazing. When was it ’93, ’94? I remember that one, MJ was of course my hero and seeing him in that situation was great.

Deron Williams: Above The Rim. It was just one of the first ones…well not really the first one. I loved Hoosiers too, Hoosiers is a classic. But just for urban basketball, Above The Rim is a good urban basketball movie.

Klay Thompson: The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, just cause my dad (Mychal Thompson) was in it and was like a total clown for like five minutes. Terrible movie, but it was funny.

Damian Lillard: Hoop Dreams, it was a documentary, and it was a real story. It told the story about a guy who basically came from nothing, a troubled family. He went to the private school, it didn’t work out and went back to the inner city and balled up. He had a good story and it was that story versus the guy that had the solid family, went to private school and then went to college. It showed the two different routes they came from and I like the fact that people get a chance to see that, because it’s common.

Chris “Birdman” Andersen: The Basketball Diaries. That’s the only basketball movie I know.

Greg Monroe: I’m a Love & Basketball guy myself. It’s a great basketball movie, a beautiful love story and I can relate to it in multiple ways, so I’m a pretty big Love & Basketball fan.

SLAM: It appeals to the romantic in you?

GM: Yeah!

Jamal Crawford: I loved Above The Rim, just Tupac, and the whole essence of New York basketball and the street feel, just the way it brought that movie to life. And I loved He Got Game ’cause at that time in high school I kind of felt like, not to that extent obviously, but I could relate to what he was going through.

Al Jefferson: Coach Carter probably. It was a true story and showed it’s not all about basketball; it’s about academics too. You can relate to it on a real life level.

Tony Parker: I liked Glory Road, the fact that it was five black guys and the first time. The coach had to have the guts to do it, to put them out there back in the day the way it was. It’s pretty amazing.

Andrew Bogut: Just one? Hoosiers, Love & Basketball, He Got Game. But definitely want to add Blue Chips, ’cause it really shows what’s going on, and still going on in the NCAA.

Kendrick Perkins: I got to say Above The Rim. It was just a classic movie, I thought Tupac played a nice role in there, he was an animal in that movie! So that’s one of my favorites.

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  • G11rgm

    No love for Blue Chips?

  • G11rgm

    Ah, apologies; just saw Bogut’s answer. At least he knows…

  • spit hot fiyah

    i was always torn between hoops dreams and soul in the whole (slight edge to hoops dreams imo) but once Brothers is actually competing with both of those on my list. once Brothers was crazy

  • LakeShow

    1. Above the Rim

    2. He Got Game

    3. Basketball Diaries

    4. Space Jam

    5. Hoosiers

    I know allot of people love Hoosiers, I do too, but I like all the movies above it more.

  • Cnew

    White Men Can’t Jump, gotta love that one

  • justin

    Not that it is the best, but I really liked Heaven Is a Playground back in the day

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Good stuff, Duane. Great answer from Damian Lillard!

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    1) White Men Can’t Jump
    2) Above the Rim
    3) Hoop Dreams
    4) does Teen Wolf count?

  • z

    Hoop Dreams
    Blue Chips
    Above the Rim
    He Got Game.

    Four greatest hoop movies of all time, in THAT order.

  • BE.water

    Sunset Park?
    Heaven Is A Playground?
    Rebound – The story of Earl The goat Manigault
    White Men Can’t Jump.

  • Mia Hall

    No love for SUNSET PARK? I know it was high school but still in my top five – now along with “Doin it in the Park”:)

  • Mia Hall

    We were writing SP at the same time. Not going to lie, Just Wright was pretty cool too, lol

  • EW

    He Got Game. there isnt a better made up name in sports than Jesus Shuttlesworth

  • http://twitter.com/BEdotwater Orlando Coolridge

    sunset park is my ish. Havent seen that movie in forever!

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Just Wright? Come on now. The only thing more unbelievable than Common’s hooping was Omar Epps’ hooping whenever he picks up a ball

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    White Men Can’t Jump is upset with you

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    other than the one’s mentioned. I though “The Pistol” Birth of the a legend is worth mentioning. Not your typical movie, but I still liked it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    do people even know about once brothers?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    1. Hoop Dreams
    2. He Got Game
    That scene where Jesus
    plays ball with his dad is one of the most memorable scenes ever for me… But Hoop Dreams is imo the best sports movie of all
    time (tied with Raging Bull). It’s on a whole other level.

    And how has no one mentioned SPACE JAM yet? MJ, Looney Tunes, Newman and Bill Murray?
    F**k yeah!

  • Lan

    Where’s the film with Whoopi and Rick Fox?

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  • LLC#12

    It’s interesting that the only basketball film Chris Andersen knows is the one about drug addiction…it’s also interesting that Glen Davis has considered dressing as a woman so he can be shaq-esque…

  • Anthony Dixon

    Thats crazy no-one said He Got Game….. It could have been a little more basketball in it i guess but it was a masterpiece to me…..Every-time i watch i want to ball.

  • Happy

    It’s time to get live; it’s time to represent
    Sunset Park what time is it?!!!

  • Happy

    Rebound was dope!

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Can Teen Wolf get some! Dude avg 50pts,20reb and not one single assist a game…. Also “Doin it in the Park” is a great film check it out.

  • The Philosopher

    Hoop Dreams.
    Still resonates to this day.
    So real… so accurate.
    And, to see a few players from that documentary actually make it to the League is awe inspiring.

  • Coolin’

    The sixth man!!! come on now!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    luck of the irish FTW

  • blackthought

    SOUL IN THE HOLE – Boga smith all the way….

  • Jack

    what about kobe doin work