Welcome to #MoviesMonday! The NBA season is underway and in full force. In honor of the second week of the season and the pending start of the college basketball season just a few weeks away, we take a look at some of the best basketball movies.
Honorable Mention – Not good, but entertaining
- Eddie features Whoopi Goldberg as head coach of the New York Knicks.
- Celtic Pride is highly entertaining, featuring two crazed Celtics fanatics kidnapping the star player of the Utah Jazz during the NBA finals, in an attempt to help the Celtics win the title
- Like Mike features Lil Bow Wow, who plays a fourteen year old orphan who stumbles upon magic sneakers that gives him otherworldly abilities (for his age)
Honorable Mentions – Just missed the cut
- Glory Road – Based on a true story, this movie features the Texas Western basketball team. Coach Don Haskins (played by Josh Lucas) wants to field the best possible team, based on talent, which means crossing the line of race. Despite the team’s successes, the local community takes offense to the idea that the team is winning with players of both races
- 6th Man – Two brothers have a goal of being star basketball players and heroes, but when one brother suffers a fatal heart attack, it’s up to the other brother to carry the torch for the family, but his brother returns as a ghost to ensure his success
5. White Men Can’t Jump
Woody Harrelson stars and plays the role of a white basketball player who “plays” tricks into playing one on one and making money. He partners up with Wesley Snipes, after he loses to Harrelson but catches on to the scheme and wants to be part of it.
4. Space Jam
All due respect to the other actors on this list, this movie has the best two with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny leading the way. Long story short, a bunch of aliens stole the basketball talent of Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Mugsy Bogues, Charles Barkley and Shawn Bradley and those aliens, the MonSTARS challenged Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes to a basketball game. Bugs and Donald Duck recruited Michael Jordan and he agreed to play with them. Typing this up makes it sound ridiculous, but it’s truly a legendary movie
3. Coach Carter
Samuel Jackson returns to his high school in California to coach the basketball team. He gets the kids and team into shape and after a ton of success and builds a championship-caliber team but after the players’ grades start to suffer, he shuts down the gym and puts the season on hold. Jackson tries to make an example out of the players and fans, players, families are in uproar.
2. He Got Game
NBA star Ray Allen and Denzel Washington make this an outstanding movie. Washington is a convict who can be freed from jail if he son, Allen, known in the movie as Jesus Shuttlesworth, commits to the wardon’s college. But of course, Allen doesn’t care for the father he never knew and has his own plans in mind.
Gene Hackman coaches an Indiana high school team (Hickory) in one of the most famous and best movies. The school’s star player quits the team to focus on his studies and one of the assistant coaches is an alcoholic. This movie is so famous that the Indiana Pacers created “Hickory” throwback jerseys, as seen below.