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Top five basketball films

I am shocked that Semi-Pro didn’t make the list./Matt Wincherauk
I am shocked that Semi-Pro didn’t make the list./Matt Wincherauk

Jesus Shuttlesworth gets the top spot in best names ever as well

Author: Moises Canales-Lavigne – Contributor

The 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend is this taking place in the next few weeks in New York City, and it is arguably the most entertaining all-star event in professional sports. The weekend features the NBA’s most elite talent participating in a number of captivating and creative events, most notably the Slam Dunk Competition. Since it is such a high profile affair, we see tons of musical and acting celebrities making appearances throughout the weekend’s events. So, to get everyone excited for the approaching basketball hoopla, let’s take a look at the top five basketball films of all time.

  1. White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

This sports comedy movie takes place on the streets where Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes act as street-ball hustlers. They meet for the first time during a pickup basketball game when Billy Hoyle (Harrelson) replaces an injured player and destroys Sidney Deane (Snipes) and his team in the process after they assumed Billy couldn’t play because he is white. The bickering that occurs between the two throughout the movie is hilarious, especially when Sidney mocks Billy for his inability to dunk, saying to Billy “White men can’t jump.”

  1. Coach Carter (2005)

Coach Carter is a great example of demonstrating how anything is possible (no Kevin Garnett reference intended) when you apply 100% effort and try your very best. It is based on a true story where a high school basketball coach in 1999 benched his undefeated team because of poor school grades. The fact that Samuel L. Jackson stars in this movie should be reason enough for Coach Carter to make this top five.

  1. He Got Game (1998)

I’m a big fan of Denzel Washington, and I’m an even bigger fan of Ray Allen. So, obviously, this movie had to make the top five no matter what! Besides the all-star acting, the plot to this movie is fantastic. The film follows Jesus Shuttlesworth, the top high school basketball prospect (Allen), trying to decide where to play his college ball while his father Jake (Washington), a convicted felon, tries to get his son to join a specific school so he can have his sentence shortened.

  1. Hoosiers (1986)

It would almost be an insult not to include this movie on the list because it is one of the best sports movies ever made. Gene Hackman stars as the new head coach of a high school basketball team in small-town Indiana, where he works hard to develop the team into a dominant side that goes on to win the state championship game. If you’re a fan of inspirational sports movies, definitely check Hoosiers out.

  1. Space Jam (1996)

When you think of a basketball movie, chances are Space Jam is the first movie that will come to mind. This is one of my favourite movies ever, and if you were a kid in the 90s then you would probably agree with me. Come on, Michael Jordan AND the Looney Tunes?! Teaming up against a group of aliens in a legendary basketball showdown?! Space Jam takes the cake on this one.

About John Loeppky

I am an athlete with a writing problem, or a writer with a sports problem, you decide. When I’m not editing, playing wheelchair sports, or advocating for the disabled, you can find me de-stressing with friends.