Adam Sandler has found a surprising new niche: the movies in which he works alongside NBA strength strikers that feature scenes in Celtics-Sixers games. In 2019, Sandler starred in Uncut Gemstones, a anxiety spinner that features a scene-stealing performance from Kevin Garnett and revolves around a series of (unwise) bets on the Boston Philly match series. In his new movie, Accelerates, Sandler’s NBA team is Jazz Reserve Juancho Hernangómez, and the movie wraps up a scene in a Celtics-Sixers game that appears to be the start of the season, or perhaps a pre-season game. The stakes are lower this time.
gems It’s greatly improved if you know about Garnett, the Hall of Famer whose trademark was so intense – perfectly suited to a movie designed to make viewers uncomfortable for two hours straight. But you don’t need to know anything about Hernangómez, who has averaged 5.4 points per game in his career and has been traded four times in the past 12 months. This relative unknown makes him a perfect fit for his role. Hernangomez plays a completely unknown, Spanish construction worker Bo Cruz discovered by Sandler’s character, Sixers scout Stanley Sugerman. Sugerman is betting his entire career on proving Cruz belongs in the NBA, bringing him to America and guiding him through the recruitment process.
Accelerates It’s not the first movie that tells the story of a neglected street athlete to highlight. It takes place almost entirely in Philadelphia and features a seven-minute training montage in which Hernangómez’s character climbs a flight of stairs and celebrates. It has been done before. But Accelerates It will be especially entertaining for die-hard NBA fans, due to the sheer immersion in the world of NBA. I counted 29 active or former NBA players in the credits, as well as dozens of appearances from coaches, media personalities, front office members, team owners, and more.
It’s an overload in the NBA. It makes sense that movies would use professional basketball players in their basketball scenes – when professional actors have to play basketball in movies, Sometimes it looks like this. But Accelerates So saturated are the numbers next to the leagues that the background characters without lines that could have been easily played by professional extras, like the previous Pelicans GM Dell Demps, are so saturated. Fran Fracella in this movie. The professor from the And1 Mixtape tour is in this movie. Emeka Okafor in this movie. If you know who these three people are, you’ll probably enjoy Acceleratesjust for the sheer ability to point at the screen when you see guys you know.
So, which NBA stars have made it to the silver screen — and which ones should stick to putting on the screens? We’ve handed out awards for the best — and most memorable — performances in this poem to the NBA.
Best Performance by an NBA Player: Anthony Edwards
Edwards shares the name with the actor who originally played Goose Betterbut his performance in Accelerates Borrow over Val Kilmer’s snowman. Edwards plays Kermit Wilts, the expected number one. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. (Unlike Edwards, Wellts went to Kentucky—even in very dramatic literature, the idea of picking the best draft out of the University of Georgia is a really weird one.) Edwards is more than happy to get into Cruise’s head, and sells the really grinning grin of his character causing his opponent’s nerves in different ways. . After Cruz said he’s from Spain – which is where Willets says “hit sounds” – Will Cruz tells Cruz that “you’re going to be the bull, I’ll be the head fucker running your big, stupid ass in circles.”
Despite the fact that Edwards is technically the bad guy, his charm is undeniable. We’ve seen his comedy at press conferences over and over again—IRL he’s so kind to people with foreign accents—and he’s starred in his acting debut. The movie wants you to root for Hernangómez’s reserved antagonist, but you might find yourself attracting Edwards’ terrifying agitator instead.
Best Performance by an NBA Player in a Supporting Role: Boban Marjanovic
At this point, Boban has a legitimate proxy profile. Fight against Keanu Reeves in John Wick 3—It ends badly for him, just as it does for the other 2,743 followers to face John Wick. This year, he booked places at State Farm and Goldfish ADS despite finishing 423rd in the NBA in total points. When you’re 7-foot-3, you’ll always get calls from the NBA teams — and apparently, from the managers.
Unsurprisingly, he’s crushing on her again. The 33-year-old Boban plays trying to impress the NBA teams that he is 22 years old even though he has a son who is 6 feet 10 feet tall. Later he appeared in a brawl with the NBA stars, in which he refuses to pass the ball from Trae Young and insists on flaunting his superb dribbling and 3-point shots. Boban laughs more in 3.5 minutes of screens than professional comedian Adam Sandler in nearly two hours. Accelerates It was fine, but I’m striving for a full-length boban – maybe my giant 2?
Most Influential Line: Mo Wagner
The Orlando Magic Center appears in the opening minutes of the film as a prospective named Haas who plays for German club Alba Berlin – the team that Wagner actually played for before coming to the States. Sugerman doesn’t like what he sees, warning The Sixers to stay away from Haas due to a lack of work ethic and other negative character traits. Unfortunately, they don’t listen. Draft of The Sixers Haas, which was shown briefly in practice taking a dip by Tobias Harris. The Sixers owner admits that Haas’ wording was a mistake.
Basically every NBA player in the movie would look incredibly cool…except for Wagner, who is portrayed as a draft of a grumbling bust. Tough break!
Best Edited NBA Personality: The Sixers Fail
Sugerman’s champion in the Sixers organization is team owner Rex Merrick, played by Robert Duvall, who remembers individual moments from the games Sugerman played at Temple 40 years ago. But Duvall is 91 and probably too impatient to spend weeks shooting basketball movies for Netflix — his character dies offscreen less than 15 minutes into the movie. (Spoiler alert!) Taking his place in charge of The Sixers is his son, Vince (played by Ben Foster), who spends the entire movie trying to destroy Sugerman and thwart his attempts to get Cruz into the NBA.
Vince’s basketball instincts are bad. He drafted Haas over Sugermen’s objections, removing Sugerman from trusting the team’s mind, and at one point it was rumored that Vince was trying to trade Joel Embiid. While this plot point is never pursued, Embiid does not appear in the film, so it’s possible that the trade could be canon.
To sum up: In this movie, the Sixers manage the misfit son of an NBA world who hates his predecessors and goes to great lengths to act on his own personal revenge. Sure, any resemblance to former Sixers front office members is purely coincidental, but it’s worth noting that Vince also wears huge shirt collars in multiple scenes of the movie.
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Secretly Most Meaningful NBA Cameo: Willie Hernangomez
Before bringing Cruz to America, Sugerman wants to see his performance in a match against real pro players, so he makes a call and a crew of Spain players gather for a quick brawl. After Cruz wowed everyone with his hilarious athletic style, they began groping, accenting, and joking. At one point, someone said in Spanish “Willy, estas fuera del equipo” – “Willy, you’re out of the team!”
Willy in question? Juancho’s older brother, the Pelicans is the center of Willy Hernangómez, although their relationship is not acknowledged in the film. I feel Juancho had to push hard to get a copy of the movie where his brother isn’t being kicked out of the Spain squad by a random kid none of them have seen play before.
The most confusing cameo in the NBA: Chris Middleton
The least realistic part of Accelerates It’s her heavy focus on the NBA draft set – it’s as if the filmmakers have mixed it up with the amazingly popular NFL squad. The NBA equivalent event, which takes place every year in Chicago, isn’t as popular or important. Potential clients generally don’t get involved in measurements or squabbles and most of the talk about the event is about whether anything could be done to make it useful. It must have been weird for Hernangómez to act like things in common when he didn’t show up in 2016 before he became a first-round pick.
in Accelerates, Combine is the ultimate spectator event in New York with live TV coverage. It’s such a big deal that, for some reason, Bucks star Chris Middleton decided to attend. He gives an interview to a TV reporter about how good Kermit is, and then appears sitting among the audience, watching joint exercises. When Cruz sprints three-quarters of the field in 3.04 seconds, Middleton calls out Sugerman, “He can fly! Damn, he can really fly!” It’s still not entirely clear why Khris Middleton attended the NBA draft meeting. Was his team eliminated from the playoffs early or something?
Biggest Difference from Reality: Kenny Smith
While nearly all of the NBA characters in this movie play themselves, Smith plays a relatively big role as Leon Rich, the agent who used to play Sugerman at Temple. (Accelerates Produced by LeBron James; Smith’s character name just happens to be a combination of LeBron’s agent’s name and his former agent’s name.) Smith is probably the best actor of all the NBA characters in the movie – he’s gotten pretty good at tweaking and altering his voice during his 25 years as an analyst in Inside the NBAtrying to find a way to get some actual NBA analysis on Charles Barkley’s opinions and Shaquille O’Neal jokes.
But the strange thing here: Despite the fact that Smith is a client, Inside the NBA It is still in Accelerates UNIVERSE – There is a scene where Barkley and O’Neill appear on TV calling Cruz for an invitation to the gathering. Who sits in the Kenyan seat? We never found out. The camera cuts to the right of Barkley. It might just be Barkley, O’Neill and Ernie Johnson there. Is there any legitimate comment going on in the NBA Inside the NBA In a world where there is no Kenny Smith?
Most suitable line: Boston Celtics
The Sixers are only the only team mentioned until the end of the movie – when Celtics GM Brad Stevens showed up to explore Cruz. Stevens immediately liked Cruz, and in the final scene of the movie, it is revealed that it was the Celtics who hindered him. This choice may have been made due to circumstances. Hernangómez kicked off the 2021-22 season on the Celtics, so it was easy for the filmmakers to get shots of “Bo Cruz” playing in the NBA – they just filmed a game for the Celtics.
In real life, Hernangomez’s career at the Celtics was a failure. He played 18 games for Boston, averaging career lows in nearly every category. In an interview with a Spanish newspaper, Hernangomez said the Celtics have “very selfish players” and offer “no team building”. The Celtics traded Hernangómez on January 19, and immediately began one of the greatest mid-season turnovers in NBA history. They were 23-23 when Hernángómez left the team, but they went in a 28-8 inning to finish the season 51-31 and are now in the NBA Finals.
By keeping Hernangómez on their roster for about two months, the Celtics have a movie where they’re the good guys and it looks like their GM has a genius ready to go out on their limbs for top talent. Then they threw their surprise movie star off the bench and went to the NBA Finals. Everything went well with the Celtics here.