ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the surprise stories of the NBA Finals was that of reserve Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova. As the Cavs suffered injuries and their roster options were winnowed down, the man they call Delly stepped up and played some big minutes for the Cavs. Considering Dellavedova was undrafted out of college, the Australian’s rise to prominence in the NBA Finals was almost like something out of a movie.
So why not make a movie out of it? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. As the paper writes…
The fictional story, based on Dellavedova’s rise, will follow the tale of three young Australian basketballers who are drafted to play basketball for a US college.
Role Models executive producer Jason Shuman has signed on to the project, which is being called Final Four, while The Bodhi Tree’s Robert ‘Bobby’ Galinsky will act as screenwriter and executive producer.
Galinsky said the work would either be made into a feature film or a Friday Night Lights-style series.
True Detective’s Woody Harrelson and Hotel Rwanda’s Nick Nolte have both been approached to play the boys’ coach.
The idea was conceived three years ago by young Werribee actor Josh Howlett, who was inspired by Dellavedova’s story after he was plucked from the Australian Institute of Sport to play US college basketball.
Galinsky said Howlett approached him about the project years ago when the Australian basketballer was relatively unknown. His Cleveland Cavaliers singlet is now one of the NBA’s best-sellers.
Can we get my man Rick Fox a part in this thing? Holler at us, Hollywood…