Friday, June 9

And it goes...

Since no one brought a strong challenge to Bobby Boucher, let's anoint him the king of cinema football and move on to the next sport, basketball. I'm going to start the debate with my favorite movie basketball player, although I'll concede that I don't think he's the finest. I'll leave that to you. A premier playmaker and scorer with the ability to take over a game at any point, I present the point guard on my all-movie team, Bugs Bunny. Ball's in your court.

5 comments:

Armando said...

There have been tons of great basketball players in movies, obviously. Jimmy Chitwood, Wesley Snipes in White Men Can't Jump, etc etc.

But really, when you think extremely hard about it, you realize that the only logical choice is Teen Wolf. Although his skills, while they are vast and indescribable, are great, I like skills of some others more. However, the wolfman is like current wolfman Dirk Nowitzki in that you just can't guard him. His unique blend of skill, size, feremones, and claws designed for shredding (never sure how he could dribble), make him utterly undefenseable.

greene said...

well ive already stated where i stand on this, and i think its a no brainer, but i present 2 arguments here. my first choice and instinct is to go bow wow in like mike - teen wolf played high school ball with a fat kid, bow wow played in the nba and was completely unstoppable, its not even close between those 2. now my other point here, which ive made to hal is that i dont really agree with giving these titles to people who used magic of sorts: teen wolf, bow wow, henry rowengardner, etc. so for the natural athlete in the basketball category, i go with lewis scott (damon wayans, celtic pride). he carried a jazz team with no other talent on the roster to a commanding series lead in the nba finals, then after being kidknapped, beaten, and hungover, he managed to win the title by dropping like 30 dimes. in his own words "the kid is noice!"

cameron said...

How about this: For best cartoon character playing in the NBA, I propose Shazam (aka shaquille o'neill), who has lead a number of teams to foul-filled successful seasons. Also fulfilling the role of Real NBA player playing a cartoon character, He played completely 2 dimensional version of a real person as Neon in the Nick Nolte classic, Blue Chips. This attack from both fronts seems inescapable to me.

I would, however, like to throw up as an honorable mention none other than the Hollywood squares master, Whoopie Goldberg. Her masterful turn around of a struggling Knicks team (is there any other kind?) truly demonstrates, to the contradiction of all evidence otherwise, that the team belongs to the fans.

HB said...

Yes! Armando is right! And in fact, I'm really ashamed I didn't think of it myself. I vote Teen Wolf. And not just because I used to pretend to swoon while watching the movie.

Gerald said...

Although previously discussed at length at TLA, I think this is a good segway to another, related topic. Who would be your starting five looney tunes on the hardwood? Although Hal said Bugs would be on point, I really see him as more of a Boris Diaw forward type. Tazmanian Devil would be his undersized, Barkley-esque partner in the backcourt, with Juan "Speedy" Gonzalez on point. I'm stumped for a 2 guard and center, but maybe some others have ideas.