Our Best Basketball Movie List
Hey, basketball trainers like to have fun too. We like movies, and we love good basketball movies. Here are two movies that trainers love, and some of the reasons why.
Coach Carter (2005)
Coach Carter is a modern day classic for basketball fans. It’s based on a true story, and that story is super inspiring. In it, a new coach takes over the losing basketball program at a high-risk high school in Richmond, California and transforms it into a winner. This movie is really good, so if you haven’t seen it please go check it out. Basketball trainers like this movie for a couple reasons.
It contains some pretty realistic basketball scenes. A lot of the players look to have some real skills and they’re playing hard throughout the movie. The casting director said the casting selection process was like a real basketball tryout. He told guys beforehand that if they weren’t the best players on their teams in high school, they shouldn’t even bother to show up. He wanted top notch players. And looking at the final movie it looks like he got some.
Even though Coach Carter’s top two players quit his team early in the movie, the team was able to be more successful the next season than the one previous. The reason: chemistry, hard work and buy-in. The players who stayed on the team bought into the coach’s system, worked their tails off in practice, and played together as a team in games. This illustrates what coaches and trainers across America try to hammer home to players all the time. It’s not just the talent that gets it. Your attitude and your willingness to submit your game to your team’s needs plays a huge part in your basketball success.
The Coach Wins! And so do the players! Although Richmond High didn’t win the state championship, the season was a success. The coach was a strong one and held his ground the entire movie. He was able to stand up to and remove problem players from his team, push his players beyond their previous physical limits, impose academic standards that all players (even the stars) had to adhere to, and get his team to the playoffs. The players, for sticking it out with Coach Carter, got “new life” as students and athletes, and many of them went on to attend college afterwards, some on athletic scholarship.
Hoosiers is considered a classic basketball movie. Whereas you and your best friend might like Coach Carter, the high school coach your current coach had when he was a kid might prefer Hoosiers. I’ll raise my hand to that one – as a sophomore in high school almost 15 years ago was when I first introduced to this movie… by my high school basketball coach. But it’s a good film and it makes sense that basketball trainers love it. Here are three reasons why.
The coach doesn’t play any games. Of course my high school coach showed me this movie… In his first meeting with his new team, the coach dismisses two players off his team for not paying attention when he’s talking. This is something more coaches probably wish they could do today. As we tell players all the time in basketball training, seemingly small things to players (like paying attention when coach is talking) are huge to a coach. In addition to that dismissal, the coach in Hoosiers immediately got to work on fundamentals training in his first practice with his team. Of course we love that.
Jimmy Chitwood, the star of the team, can shoot that thang. Translation: he can really shoot the basketball. The actor who plays Jimmy, Maris Valainis, surprisingly was cut multiple times in high school and never played high school basketball. But being the star of a movie like Hoosiers is something nice to have on the basketball resume, huh? The scene where he is shooting the ball while his coach is talking to him was shot in one take, and he did not miss a shot. The scene in which he makes the game winning shot to win the state championship – that was shot in the first take! Mr. Valainis put on a real shooting display in the movie.
I already gave it away, but who doesn’t love a happy ending? An underdog team who makes it the state tournament and wins it on a last second shot? You gotta love it, and we definitely do.