One of the greatest basketball players of all-time was nearly the star of one of the greatest basketball movies of all-time, as Kobe Bryant reveals he passed on "He Got Game."
Originally, the movie was based on the exploits of Coney Island's Finest, Stephon Marbury, and Spike Lee had asked him to play the lead role of Jesus Shuttlesworth. a few actors tried out for the part as well, but Lee was determined to have a real-life basketball star. Eventually it came down to Ray Allen, and Travis Best (who went on to play Allen's teammate), and we all know Ray "became" Jesus.
Michael Jordan is a compulsive competitor and not only on the basketball court. The tales of his cut-throat competitive streak have been told for years, and this infamously has seeped over into his gambling. He was renowned in his youth for staying up all night playing cards, and then playing or training the next day.
Legendary director of “He Got Game,” “Do The Right Thing,” “Clockers,” “Inside Man,” and much more, Spike Lee is raising funds for his next film through Kickstarter and offering some nice incentives to those that can contribute to his project.
There are several incentives at various levels, but the basketball-related ones include: for $500 you will get a call from Spike and talk “He Got Game” and “Kobe Doin Work”; $750 you will get a pair of autographed Nike’s signed by Mars Blackmon; $5,000 you will receive an Associate Producer Credit.