Inspired by the NBA Fan Movies Created with OLG and the special event of the Toronto International Film Festival – which will feature five fan-made films for fans to celebrate the 75th season of the NBA – our NBA.com staff has discussed their favorite basketball movies of all time.
Below, catch previews of two of the five films that will debut at TIFF.
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Kyle Irving (@KyleIrv_): I’m torn between two movies here, and it’s hard to do that to “Coach Carter” which is one of my favorite movies overall, but I guess it will come across as someone else’s favorite here. . Instead, I go with “Like Mike.”
When I was a child, I saw this film several times in the cinema. I was at that age where I was really starting to get into the NBA and love the league’s superstars, so seeing a number of the best players on the big screen was great for me.
The concept was perfect with old Michael Jordan sneakers giving a kid superpowers, to the point that he could play in the NBA. I loved the scene where Dirk Nowitzki asks for Calvin Cambridge’s autograph for his niece, but when he asks her what her name is, he says: “Dirk”. It cracked me up at seven and again at 26. The scene in the car with the late DMX’s “Party Up” still sticks to me to this day, wanting to let out a few barks every time the song starts.
And I would be wrong if I didn’t also mention the iconic “what is room service?” Scene.
It’s one of those movies that will always have a special place in my heart, no matter what my age, because of how much I enjoyed it when I was younger.
Benyam Kidane (@BenyamKidane): I have love for “Coach Carter”, but I can’t put it above “White men cannot jump. “
Nostalgia puts it on top for me because it’s the first basketball movie I remember watching and the combination of Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez is just perfect.
In the early 90s, for me, the top three basketball players were Michael Jordan, Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane.
Two hoops from different worlds colliding and jostling different courts in Los Angeles is the perfect premise that to this day lives on with a firm cultural imprint 30 years later. From music to clothes and endless trash talk, there’s a hilarious line from this movie for every basketball situation.
By now, I’ll let out an “Ain’t no thang but a chicken wing on a string from Burger King” while playing pick-up ball.
Let’s not forget one of the funniest scenes from a basketball movie, starring former Milwaukee Bucks and UCLA legend Marques Johnson aka “Raymond” after to have been stolen by Hoyle and Deane. This clip / gif will appear on the timeline at least once a week and still makes me laugh just as hard.
Gilbert McGregor (@ GMcGregor21): I’m right here with Kyle to give “Like Mike” the title of being my favorite basketball movie of all time.
For context, the film was released in the summer after I was eight, and like so many other kids who have grown up, I was planning on going to the NBA as soon as possible. Seeing young Calvin Cambridge magically giving up all of his college and high school eligibility to enter the NBA at 13 gave me the blueprint to get into the league, I just needed some magic sneakers.
I can say with confidence that this was the first movie that I went to the theaters to see more than once, and it got to the point where I knew the lines. Like, a lot of lines.
I’m proud to have seen pretty much every basketball movie ever made, so I’ve considered a lot of movies, namely “He Got Game”, “The Sixth Man” and “Semi-Pro”, but the incorporation of the NBA and the inclusion of stars from Allen Iverson to David Robinson to Vince Carter puts “Like Mike” above for me.
It’s timeless to me, I could watch it till this day.
Yash Matange (@ yashmatange2694): I have to go with the choice that Benyam and Kyle anticipated: “Coach Carter. “
The film shows how Coach Carter, a role hosted by Samuel Jackson, genuinely cares about improving the Richmond neighborhood and how he intends to do it through the young children of Richmond High.
Coach Carter sticks to his guts and locks down the basketball court when athletes fail to hit the GPA they agreed to when signing the contract to be part of the team. He has nothing to gain from doing it, but does it for the sake of young children because he wants them to become men by going to college and getting a degree instead of depending solely on their game for a living.
Despite his disagreements and his repeated tete-a-tete with “Mr. Cruz”, he does not hesitate to have him come to his house when the young man shows up at his door with blood on his shirt moments after witnessing of the murder of his cousin.
What I love most about sport is the brotherhood, respect, teamwork and other key values of life that it cultivates between individuals in a group. That, combined with the emphasis on basketball, makes it really hard for me to look beyond this movie.
Put that on, and it will be really hard for me to do anything other than sit down and watch it.
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