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March 10, 2014

Like It or Not

Chris Parsons

CORBIN — I hate to steal an idea, but I guess in the end that's what everyone seems to be doing these days. After reading Les Dixon’s list of what he thought were the top five upsets in recent memory of the 13th Region Tournament, I decided to rank my top five basketball movies in today's column.  With that said, here goes.

No. 5 – Celtic Pride – When it comes down to it, what basketball fan hasn't wanted to kidnap the star player of an opposing team, if only for a little while. I can think of more than a few times when I would rather Detroit's Isiah Thomas have been missing in action as opposed to guiding the Pistons past Jordan and the Bulls in the midst of that rivalry.

No. 4 – Blue Chips – This film starring Nick Nolte and slew of former NBA stars  does an awesome job of painting a picture of the evils of college basketball at a time when it was almost unheard to talk about what was (and most likely is still) going on in the game. Nolte played an old-school teacher of the game kind of coach who eventually gave in to the pressures of what comes with an unsuccessful program. If you haven't seen this, it's worth the time.

No. 3 – Space Jam – Any move that has the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, alongside the greatest cartoon character of all time, Bugs Bunny, is a can't-miss hit. Although there was very little suspense toward the end because let's face it, at the time it was filmed Jordan was not about to lose to a bunch of goons, it's a classic in my book.  

No. 2 – White Men Can't Jump – Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes are on the money in this movie and to be honest, they could play with just about any pick up team I've ever seen. Harrelson's clothes remind me of some of the get-ups I used to wear while on the old courts behind Vankirk Funeral Home.

No. 1 – Hoosiers – If you're a basketball fan and you haven't seen Hoosiers, shame on you. I'm sure a lot of people probably won't watch because of the title and they're a die-hard fan of this team or that team, but it's my favorite basketball movie ever.

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