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NBA Players in Major Hollywood Movies

NBA players have long drawn crowds, not just to the arena they’re in, but to the big screen as well.

Jamaal Wilkes, a four-time NBA champion, first connected with Hollywood in 1971 when he starred in “Cornbread, Earl and Me.” Wilkes starred as a standout basketball player in a film that tackled systemic racism and police brutality head-on.

Since then, a host of NBA stars have starred in films – with roles ranging from a cameo appearance to being the title character of said film. Many stars are also in the film production business. This opened the doors for basketball professionals to try their hand at acting.

Although they remain focused on the long and grueling season, players have started using these channels to improve their reach and fan base. With that said, let’s take a look at some NBA players who have starred in major Hollywood movies.


#5Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett starred in Uncut Gems, which was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the ten best films of 2019. Before Garnett joined the cast, Kobe Bryant, Amar’e Stoudemire and Joel Embiid were also considered for the role of Garnett. https://t.co/LLebFq3x0P

Kevin Garnett has had small roles in Hollywood movies before and has starred in TV series as well. However, his last appearance in Adam Sandler’s “Uncut Gems” in 2019 is one to watch. Streaming on Netflix, the film revolves around the sports game and Garnett stars as someone obsessed with gemstones.

Originally, directors Josh and Benny Safdie had Amar’e Stoudemire in mind for the role. He played high-level basketball in the 2010-11 season, and the Safdie brothers are die-hard New York Knicks fans. However, over time they got busy with other projects – and a few years later Kevin Garnett got the call.


#4 Kareem Abdul Jabbar

The comedy classic PLANE starring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) was released 41 years ago today! https://t.co/Iwu6jCuc1X

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been in the film industry since 1980, starring in a variety of films. His big-screen debut came in 1980, when he starred as a co-pilot in “Airplane!” – trying to land a plane despite his fear of flying.

Since then, he’s had a few big and small roles and has done all those opportunities justice.


#3 LeBron James

LeBron James is undoubtedly indifferent to the camera, given the spotlight he’s been in since the start of his league career.

He translated that into a big-screen performance in 2015, playing himself in “Trainwreck.” James gave advice to Bill Hader’s character, who is a sports doctor, in a humorous scene that received plenty of applause.

LeBron James has also taken his pursuit of Michael Jordan off the pitch, starring in and producing ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ in 2021. Although the film received mixed reviews, it’s guaranteed that James is likely to do more. big screen appearances soon.


#2 Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal’s life off the court has always been a source of excitement for fans. He can attract attention and is a very exciting personality, making him an ideal candidate for a career in entertainment.

O’Neal has made appearances in a wide range of films – in supporting roles and lead roles – while lending his voice in some animated films.

O’Neal made his big screen debut with Blue Chips in 1994, a sports drama he starred in opposite Penny Hardaway. Within two years, he landed a prominent role as a wish-granting genie in Kazaam. Grown Ups 2 and Uncle Drew are other films in which Shaquille has had notable roles.


#1 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan. Bugs Bunny. SpaceJam. Now on Netflix. https://t.co/ZxvYZe07Ja

Michael Jordan hit the big screen in 1996, with ‘Space Jam’ – where he performed himself and doubled his fan base.

Jordan was already one of sports’ biggest celebrities in 1996, having won four NBA titles – all while dominating on the court. The film also features Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Larry Bird, and Muggsy Bogues.

Jordan also starred in a basketball movie – “He Got Game” – alongside Ray Allen, Rick Fox, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkey and Scottie Pippen.


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