STADIUM OFFICIAL – Male or Female. 25-50. This person stops Kevin Durant and the rest of the Thunder from taking the court for the second half.
SECURITY GUARD – Male or Female. The guard yells at Brian, who has ridden his bike into a restricted area at the basketball arena.
If I were picking one of those two characters, I’m going with “Stadium Official” so I get to talk to Kevin Durant for a little bit. Sorry Brian, but you’re not the NBA’s most likeable player and you need to stop riding your bike in professional sporting arenas. I don’t even know how you got that past security since it seems like something they’d stop at the door. Whatever.
Small Market, Big Heart is a full-length documentary designed to share the compelling story of the people of Sacramento and their battle to get and keep a professional sports franchise over the last 26 years. This story has many heroes, but one common theme – a community with a huge heart. As a small market, Sacramento has faced enormous adversity, first in landing an NBA franchise and then maintaining that franchise through both good and bad economic times. [...]
This film will illustrate Sacramento’s struggle to remain relevant in the high-stakes game of professional sports. The story is told through the eyes of long-term members of media, former and current members of the Sacramento Kings franchise, local politicians and lastly, the common members of the Sacramento community that stood tall in the face of adversity.
They’re looking for funding on Kickstarter to finish the film and hoping for a December release, so go crazy. Definitely a worthy cause, since I’m guessing this will be the best fan-made documentary about a basketball team leaving a small market since “Sonicsgate.” Here’s hoping the ending to this one is different.
Have a looksy at the trailer for “Elevate,” a documentary about four Senegalese teenagers who come to America to play basketball, directed by Anne Buford, the sister of Spurs GM Rodney Buford.
Here’s a synopsis:
The SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal, sits on a small plot of land leased from the government. There, the best young basketball players from across West Africa gather to take part in a strenuous program of academics and athletic training. For those who stand out, the potential reward is huge: full scholarships to the top prep schools in the United States, where the right combination of skill and dedication will earn them a great education, pave the way to college, and open the door to basketball at the NCAA level… and maybe even a shot at the NBA.
Elevate follows four young men who make the cut, receive scholarships, and head off to the USA. Filmed over four years and across two continents, Elevate documents the daunting challenges they face, from the alienation that comes with being a seven foot tall Muslim at a Christian prep school (in an American culture rife with African stereotypes) to mastering English, adapting to aggressive American-style basketball… and navigating the vagaries of high school, girls, and drivers ed.
I’m not going to give this movie the Academy Award for Best Documentary based on a two minute trailer — and also because I am not a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — but this looks pretty good. It’s like a real life “The Air Up There” mixed with “Hoop Dreams” and that would be a chill combination as far as I’m concerned.
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.
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.
Will Smith is the most loved movie star of our generation. Just ask Bill Simmons. Ever since the days of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Smith’s been the kind of guy who can make the world care about an animated bluestreak cleaner wrasse to the tune of $367 million and the No. 1 movie in America. That’s box office power, friends. Add to that two Academy Awards best actor nominations, 12 million records sold and two No. 1 records and it becomes obvious that Will Smith is one of the biggest stars in the history of modern cinema, television and radio.
With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Greg Oden would be a huge Will Smith fan. However, it’s still pretty funny to hear Oden talk about how big of a Will Smith fan he really is. From an interview with the Third Floor Network, as transcribed by Blazer’s Edge:
“Mr. Smith, Will, my name is Greg Oden, I went to The Ohio State University and I try to play basketball,” Oden says. “But I am your biggest fan. I have all your albums. And I know them all by heart. Literally. I just wanted to say that went to the Karate Kid premiere but I was too scared to walk up to you.”
To be fair, I feel like this is how all of us would be if we were encountered Will Smith. No matter how much you want to, odds are you’d be way to nervous to tell Will Smith that you and one of your best friends used to do the “Jump On It” dance at 2am three nights a week during college, even if you are a 7-foot center who was once the first overall draft pick in the NBA draft and attended a university that had a guy named Will Smith playing for their football team. Greg Oden’s famous, but Will Smith is FAMOUS.
Of course, Greg could just join the Will Smith Fan Club and call it a day. Way less awkward than trying to work up the courage to engage Big Willie Style in a conversation about why “Wild Wild West” is rapped entirely in character until the end where he ad-libs “Big Will, Dru Hill, uh.” That’s a hard discussion to have.
About a month ago, we all caught wind of Kevin Durant’s burgeoning movie career, imagining the various movies he might be appearing in. It was an exciting time, as we finally got to see a young superstar capitalizing on his fame, making moves in a new industry and just generally getting ready to be a household name. This is Kevin Durant’s moment.
And it all starts today, as filming for “Switch” begins in Baton Rouge, LA. Even better, Caballero Casting has the synopsis for the movie. Just going to go out on a limb here, but I think you are going to love it so much.
In a magical twist, Kevin Durant switches all of his basketball-playing skills with an enthusiastic young fan who becomes the star of his high school team … and leaving Durant and the Thunder helpless. With the playoffs approaching, they need to discover what it is that brought them together before the early end to the Thunder’s season.
So basically, “Space Jam” plus “Like Mike” with a little bit of “Slam Dunk Ernest” mixed in, but all set in high school. I guess. Beats me, but I assume that a lot of this is going to hit home for Russell Westbrook.
The question, however, is if there are going to be other Thunder in this. I mean, if they’re having to cope with “the early end to the Thunder’s season,” it sounds like we’d be seeing some other Thunder, right? At the very least, Byron Mullens is available.