This should surprise absolutely no one, but Will Smith is huge in NBA circles. When you figure that a great majority of the league’s players came of age in the mid-to-late 1990s and that’s when Big Willie Style was really starting to pop off, it’s only logical that one of the world’s biggest movie stars would be a hero to some of the younger stars. “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” only ended in 1996, when a lot of these guys were in their formative years.

Two days ago, it was Greg Oden professing his love for the triple-threat superstar. Now, it’s Derrick Rose. After picking his mom and Michael Jordan as his heroes, the reigning MVP switched things up for his third choice. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Will Smith. Where he came from, like a guy who started off good in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and went bankrupt. Then he bounced his way back to where he’s making tons of money again with every movie and still a hard-working man. I take my hat off to him.

Just a hunch, but I’m going to guess the hat he takes off is a very bright, very loud biker’s cap with the bill flipped up. Seems like a fair assessment, considering he apparently knows the true Hollywood story of Will Smith.

More guesses. Derrick Rose’s favorite Will Smith movie is “The Pursuit of Happyness” since that has the least smiling. His favorite Will Smith song is “Switch,” because it was nice of Will Smith to record another rap song after years away from the mic. And, of course, his favorite Will Smith child is Willow because of “Whip My Hair.”

In related news, every NBA player loves Will Smith, because they are humans.

Comments (3)

  1. lets be honest guys, his best movie was Bad Boys and his best song was Nightmare on My Street. You could even say that Will kinda pioneered murder rap with that one. such a great guy.

  2. mom , MJ , Will Smith? Me and Derrick have 2 out of 3 of the same heroes yet I am no where near as successful as he. Maybe i should be nicer to my mom.

  3. I really liked MIB (the movie) and my favorite song of his is Gettin’ Jiggy with it. I love how Rose doesn’t mention loving him for his music or movies, but for his life story…. Rose is really awesome.

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