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.