BSO- Oddly enough, Matthew Dellavedova has become a house hold name despite have a very difficult name to pronounce. Delly was forced to step in as the starting guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA Finals after Kyrie Irving went down with a season ending knee injury. Delly gave the team a spark and a bit of a hard nose style they didn’t have before. Although his efforts fell short they didn’t go unnoticed, inspiring producers Jason Shuman and Robert Galinsky to start a fictional narrative based film with Delly’s story line as the focus entitled “Final Four.”
The film will reportedly tell the story of three young Australian basketball players who have traveled to the United States after high school to play college basketball.
Oh man, the life of a white basketball player. A life full of moral victories, and apparently feature films. Seriously though, if that Matthew Dellavedova's reckless, knee compromising ways are worthy of a movie than Dirk Nowitzki should be working on the 5th or 6th film of his movie franchise. I know that the NBA is a primarily black league, and expectations of a grungy looking Australian hustle player should be tempered. However, shouldn't the bar for cinematic dramatization be a tad bit higher? This would be like making a movie based around an Asian wide receiver catching a screen pass for a 5 yard gain. I might be a huge accomplishment relative to his race, but it's not exactly going to win any Academy Awards. Turning this into even a half decent movie would be a cinematic feat of epic proportions. This might be one of those feel good stories that might 'play' better as a book. Doesn't really give Dellavedova all that much to strive for if simply playing in the NBA gets turned into 'The Miracle On Hardwood'. The last thing a guy that needed 2 key injuries to even get in the rotation needs is more attention. Especially when he is playing on a team with the biggest attention whore of the all time. Would't put it past LeBron to stumble on to the set and 'turn an ankle' in the middle of a scene. Anything to sabotage production and make sure people don't forget about him.
I'm not even trying to take away from what Dellavedova accomplished. He basically went from being an NBA afterthought, to the last guy on the bench, to being extremely key in allowing the Cavaliers to take a 2-1 series lead. With that said, if had any interest in seeing this movie at all I would be very interested to see how they glorify a couple hideous floaters and strong, positional defense. I can't wait to check the score to see what music they play during his diving to the floor montage. Hell, if it were true to form it would have the entire audience hating the lead by the second scene. No one wants to see the villain succeed, even if he is an undersized, athletically limited white boy.