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In the annals of history, “The Legend of Bagger Vance” will go down as an unremembered movie in the careers of both Will Smith and Matt Damon. When you’ve got legendary films such as “Wild Wild West,” “Stuck On You” and “Hancock” on your IMDb page, some things are bound to be overlooked.

But not if you’re Doug Collins. There’s no way he could ever forget “The Legend of Bagger Vance.” And he can’t forget it for one simple reason — he’s living it. From CSN Philly:

A couple of weeks ago, Sixers coach Doug Collins was watching the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance and it immediately put his mind in motion.

Collins thought, what if he could mentor third-year guard Evan Turner and help him get “unlocked” the way Will Smith’s character, Bagger Vance, worked with golfer Rannulph Junuh, played by Matt Damon. [...]

“I thought Evan rebounded the ball well today,” Collins said. “But other than getting ‘unlocked,’ he just needs a breakout game. Just a breakout game where the ball goes in and he’s in a good rhythm. Right now, he’s just not in a great rhythm, but then again, our team is not [in a great rhythm].”

The best part of this plan, obviously, is that Bagger Vance is an owner for the 76ers, as Will Smith recently bought a piece of the team. Who better to give Bagger Vance advice (ad-Vance) than the real Bagger Vance? Literally no one. I assume Doug Collins and Will Smith will be working hand-in-hand to “unlock” Evan Turner, probably via text.

Then again, is this really the most inspirational Will Smith movie that Doug Collins could have picked for Evan Turner? (And why was he watching “The Legend of Bagger Vance” in 2012?) I’d think “Ali” might be a better choice, since there’s that whole being the greatest angle that Dougie could push. Or maybe he could have went the “Shark Tale” route and told Turner that the only way he can succeed is by being himself. Both are more concrete concepts than being “unlocked,” which theoretically should have happened when Turner went for 29 and 13 against the Bucks late last season.

Nonetheless, Turner is going to be a huge part in determining where the Sixers go. Is he part of core with Andrew Bynum and Jrue Holiday? Will Evan Turner be able to replace Andre Iguodala? Can Evan Turner beat Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen in a golf and/or boring names match? These are all questions the 76ers need answered this season, and if that means sucking up to the owner by watching one of his most blah movies and then asking him for advice about it, then so be it. If Evan Turner can find his authentic swing shot, then it’ll all be worth it.

(via PBT)

If you watch the entirety of this trailer, it’s going to be NSFW, so be warned. But if you just watch the Corey Brewer part (0:45 to 1:02), it’s just a preview for a really terrible movie. A dumbfoundingly amazing cast, but an equally terrible movie. Sure, I’ll accidentally watch it late at night when it’s on HBO but not on purpose.

Good for Corey Brewer though, I guess, for getting that gross out comedy money, early 2000s Clippers style. Somebody has to get yelled at about being black by Terrence Howard, so why not him? Nice credit.

(via Scott Walkinshaw)

I’m not sure if you guys are up to date on Shaquille O’Neal’s rapidly expanding portfolio, but he recently made a new purchase. From the AP:

O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion, grew up in Newark, and now co-owns and operates the CityPlex 12 theater near downtown.

O’Neal and Newark Mayor Cory Booker formally opened the renovated, expanded theater Friday afternoon. It includes an auditorium with a 47-foot-wide screen. It partially reopened in May after being closed for renovations.

The project added six screens and 20,000 feet to the theater on Springfield Ave.

Great news. If there’s ever been someone from the NBA who needs to be back in the movie business, it’s Shaquille O’Neal. After his legendary starring role in “Freddie Got Fingered,” we’ve waited too long for him to make his next big move. It seems this is it.

And while you might be quick to say, “Haha, I bet he’ll play his terrible movies,” well, not so fast.

O’Neal, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2000, joked that the theater shouldn’t screen his movie `Kazaam’ if it wants to stay in business.

It’s natural assume that this is the reasons Shaq bought a movie theater. I mean, no one else will play something like “Kazaam,” so buying a theater to screen your vanity projects seems to be the way to go. But I guess not.

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Oh, I thought this was going to be another polemic against the scourge that is flopping. Carry on.

(via SportsGrid)

Now that we’re three games in to the NBA Finals, things really start to slow down in the basketball world. With no games to watch four nights out of the week, there’s a lot more time to do non-basketball stuff. This past weekend I watched parts of “Sherlock Holmes” and “Bad Teacher,” which is something I’d never consider during the season and kind of wish I hadn’t done anyways.

Nonetheless, we all have a lot more free time now that there’s only one series to watch. That’s why it’s too bad the new Chinese movie that Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard are starring in isn’t out yet. I’d love to waste some time watching that. From SportsGrid’s translation of a Chinese movie rating site:

“The movie … is intended to show a few urban white-collar basketball fans realized the truth of life in basketball the face of temptations. The hero of the film played by Huang Xiaoming is a game tester, testing a new “virtual reality basketball game, this virtual world is not so simple, even accidentally involved in some thrilling adventure.”

So basically, original “Tron” meets “Like Mike,” with a little “Lawnmower Man” and “Thunderstruck” thrown in for good measure. Sounds awesome. All of the Oscars, please. Golden Globes too, while you’re at it.

Alongside Dwight and Carmelo, the soon-to-be-legendary flick also features Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi on the big screen, making for a stronger first six than that of either the Magic or Knicks. I’m not entirely sure how we’ll get a chance to see this, since it’s going to be Chinese release. But we definitely need to get our hands on it, because this has the potential to make “Space Jam” and “Just Wright” look like “Hoosiers” and “He Got Game.”

“Private premier of men in black. Thanks TP. Team bonding.”Agent S, protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe

When my younger sister was in second grade, she joined the Shaq World fan club. It’s exactly what it sounds like — a fan club for everyone’s favorite Magic big man that mailed out pictures, notepads and other cheap memorabilia emblazoned with a diamond Shaq logo. Considering this was 1995, I don’t really know how she joined the fan club (probably via Sports Illustrated for Kids but I can’t be sure) but she definitely did and that has been a running joke for me ever since, literally to the point that I bought her “Kazaam” on DVD for Christmas in 2010.

This is a very roundabout way of bringing up “Kazaam,” since that’s not the kind of thing you can just bring up out of nowhere. You have to give it some grounding, a reason to care about a 16-year-old movie that got 2.5 stars on IMDB. But now that we’re talking about “Kazaam” like a bunch of normal friends who talk about normal movies, let’s talk about how Shaquille O’Neal came to be in this legendary flick.

Better yet, let’s let Shaquille O’Neal talk about how Shaquille O’Neal came to be in this legendary flick. From GQ:

GQ: [You] rapped for a second. You got into films for a second. Everyone remembers Kazaam. When was the last time you watched it?
Shaq: The other day.

GQ: Did it hold up to you?
Shaq: I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, “Hey, here’s $7 million, come in and do this genie movie.” What am I going to say, no? So I did it.

I’m sure it is more complicated than this, but I really like the idea that the entire pitch for Shaq to star in “Kazaam” was “Hey, here’s $7 million, come in and do this genie movie.” That’s a pretty effective little spiel. How do you say no to being paid $7 million to play a rapping genie? It’s impossible. Even a rapping genie could not grant you enough power to say no to such an offer.

There’s a lot of good stuff in this interview — which NBA players would pledge which fraternities, Shaq’s shower strategy, the fact that camera phones have changed the hooking up with groupies game — but I think it’s pretty obvious that the most important part of this piece is that we finally know the backstory to “Kazaam.” The question of “Why would Shaq agree to be in ‘Kazaam?’” has plagued us for a long time, so it’s good that we are able to put that question to bed while simultaneously answering the “Why would Shaq agree to be in ‘Steel?’” question.

Now all we need to do is figure out why he’s obsessed with the Fu-Schnickens and then we’ll be good.