The pantheon of great basketball movies is relatively broad, but Uncle Drew stands out from films like Space Jam or Hoosiers for the sheer number of basketball icons who actually get in on the action. With such an all-star cast of athletes, it makes sense to know that some of them got competitive on the court, and it turns out that WNBA icon Lisa Leslie was the standout competitor while filming. I talked about this with Get Out's Lil Rel Howery and Big Mouth star Nick Kroll during the recent press day in Los Angeles, and Howery told me:
Though she's the only member of the WNBA to take on a starring role in Uncle Drew, it seems that Lisa Leslie certainly held her own on the court. Standing shoulder to shoulder with her male co-stars, she apparently got very competitive while filming, and the crowd loved it. Taking full advantage of her knack for shooting, the player-turned-commentator drained six straight three-pointers and proved that she still has it despite not playing professionally since 2009.
Of course, Lisa Leslie wasn't the only one who showed his or her dominance on the court. Uncle Drew star Kyrie Irving also went head-to-head against Nick Kroll at one point, and despite letting Kroll score a layup, he then proved why he's one of the current greats of the sport. Kroll explained:
If you want to see more of what Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll had to say about working on Uncle Drew with these basketball legends, then check out a clip from our interview, below!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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