Matthew Dellavedova: The Movie

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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…

44 Comments

  1. Harold says:

    Are they going to highlight how he’s the dirtiest player in the nba?

    • MIllsyMB says:

      Not dirty. aggressive and hard at the ball. If it wasn’t for that aspect. He probably wouldn’t even be in the NBA.

      • Shawn says:

        By that logic we’d be seeing a bunch of guys diving and rolling into peoples knees every playoff game, but we don’t. And there’s a reason for it. You’ll end up hurting people.

        Just watch the play with Horford again. After you do that, watch it again and again.

        As Delly is falling, he’s not trying to brace himself for the fall. He’s using he’s feet to drive latterly over and over into the lower body of Horford.

        He wasn’t able to fully plant on his last few attempts but if you watch closely, had he connected Horford would have been out for the rest of the playoffs.

    • Collin says:

      he’s not half as dirty as Dreymond Greene. he plays physical defense, not dirty. he stepped up for his teem on the biggest stage and even outplayed the mvp for several games as an undersized undrafted backup player. just because you like the Warriors doesn’t mean you gotta belittle his impact on an otherwise very one sided series

  2. Kris says:

    Tough Defence Harold tough D mate. Not dirty just aggressive.

  3. First post was right says:

    Dirty player, only because he is not skilled to be a clean aggressive player.
    The movie is going to mean sanctions for St. Marys.

  4. jaime garcia says:

    Greetings fans,

    If you are a fan of this young man YOU love him.

    If you are not a fan of this young man YOU hate him.

    End of story.

  5. tom says:

    he is good at D but a bad dribbler and shooter

  6. Tjap says:

    Really?
    Have they really no inspiration anymore?
    So let’s make a movie about a basketball playing pigeon?
    flapping with his arms around the field and trying to copy Lebron.
    I have seen much more better players around the world who also had a rough start.
    Better make a movie about Jimmy Butler

  7. Franck says:

    look if your on an NBA roster and you get minutes you are expected to produce. The fact alone that you are on an NBA roster makes you a good bball player. Sick and tired of these stories of players saying they had to work hard… WE ALL WORK HARD AT WHAT WE DO! its not just athletes.. infact they have it easy! play sports and exercise all day and in the nba make millions… I have more respect for people who live in poverty working two jobs in mcdonalds and KFC.. the stuff they have to do to stay alive is tough… having the best coaches best facilities and travelling around the country to play a game… thats not hard… not hard at all!
    I hope hes not getting all this recognition because of his pigment.

  8. mike says:

    he is a good player and thats all .

  9. Virgil says:

    Dova is very aggressive and challenges opposing point guards to play there best, I am not arguing this. However Dova fans forget that this is the same player who intentionally throws his body at players in lose ball situations and trash talks like he is the best player on the court. I’m just glad the GSW’s were able to not only win the series with humility and character but Curry, by the end, put Dova in his place (backup point gaurd).

    • Wil_mpje says:

      curry was like harden 4 years ago….nowhere to be seen…

      • Really? says:

        You guys are cracking me up. Curry nowhere to be seen? Geeze, at least TRY to be honest sometimes in your post.
        Talk about sour grapes.
        Now I can’t wait for this so called movie.
        What a joke.

  10. Chill-E says:

    It’s going to be one short movie though, about the two game wonder from Australia

  11. Chet says:

    Really, he was only partially able to do his job. As a back-up, he should have been ready to play more minutes, but in fact, ended up contributing mightily to the failure of the Cavs as he was only effective in a couple games… He didn’t really earn his playing time through hard work or overcoming long odds, it kind of fell in his lap, and he really wasn’t ready.

  12. tjknight1991 says:

    Anyone who calls him a dirty player is either a fan of a team Cleveland beat or someone who heard from one of those people and knows nothing about basketball.

    If you were to actually watch the three plays that are considered “controversial”, the only play that would be consider “intentional” would be the Taj Gibson one (the first one). And if you truly believe there was malicious intent and that Gibson could have actually been hurt by that play, you should rethink being a fan of physical activities. The only thing he was trying to do was get into the head of Gibson, which he did, and which is a psychological tactic that multiple players throughout NBA history have used.

    The second play with Kyle Korver was very unfortunate but when you are diving for a loose ball, you usually don’t want to go head first into another player going for it or expose the ball to that other player, so the natural instinct is to turn your back to them. It was unfortunate that Korvers leg got caught under him like that but again if you thought that was intentional your either a fan of a team Cleveland beat or you dont know basketball.

    And finally the third isn’t even worth talking about. Hortford had his arm locked and dragged Dellavedova on top of him. How anyone can view that as dirty is beyond me. He was literally pulled down on top of Hortford by Hortford and then Hortford tries to elbow him and Dellavedova is the dirty player? Again are you watching the games or are you a fan of an opposing team.

    I am not even a Cleveland fan but the people who are calling him a dirty player need to suck it up and take the fact that he beat your team. Or learn something about basketball before you voice your opinion on the subject.

    Will be seeing this movie by the way.

    • Buzzer!!!!! Wrong says:

      But go watch the movie, you may learn something. My bet is it will never get made, lack of interest.

      DELLY IS A PLAYER WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE SKILLS TO BE AGRESSIVE AND CLEAN at the same time.. PERIOD!!!

      Evidently you failed to watch it closely also. Let’s wager, he will be out of the league by the end of 2017 season.

  13. tjknight1991 says:

    Anyone who calls him a dirty player is either a fan of a team Cleveland beat or someone who heard from one of those people and knows nothing about basketball.

    If you were to actually watch the three plays that are considered “controversial”, the only play that would be consider “intentional” would be the Taj Gibson one (the first one). And if you truly believe there was malicious intent and that Gibson could have actually been hurt by that play, you should rethink being a fan of physical activities. The only thing he was trying to do was get into the head of Gibson, which he did, and which is a psychological tactic that multiple players throughout NBA history have used.

    The second play with Kyle Korver was very unfortunate but when you are diving for a loose ball, you usually don’t want to go head first into another player going for it or expose the ball to that other player, so the natural instinct is to turn your back to them. It was unfortunate that Korvers leg got caught under him like that but again if you thought that was intentional your either a fan of a team Cleveland beat or you dont know basketball.

    And finally the third isn’t even worth talking about. Hortford had his arm locked and dragged Dellavedova on top of him. How anyone can view that as dirty is beyond me. He was literally pulled down on top of Hortford by Hortford and then Hortford tries to elbow him and Dellavedova is the dirty player? Again are you watching the games or are you a fan of an opposing team.

    I am not even a Cleveland fan but the people who are calling him a dirty player need to suck it up and take the fact that he beat your team. Or learn something about basketball before you voice your opinion on the subject.

    Will be seeing this movie by the way.

  14. p452833 says:

    Who the h*ll is Dell???? ?
    I’ve watched all 6 games of the fnials, but didn’t know him. well, ,may be a little, If they try to make a movie, that should be less than 5 minutes long.

  15. Timo says:

    When he is not Dirty, who plays Dirty..this guy sucks. Of course he is a Dirty Player, because he doesnt cares if he hurt someone.. Or against Korver and Holford, it was Wrestling, but not Basketball. Please searching other Sport.
    Worst ever final starting point guard..no shot. And a lot of “Dirty” plays coz he has almost null skillz.. (Floater was OK)

    • Mike K. says:

      How can you argue such an elegant mashing of words like this? haha
      Calling the guy dirty or whatever is silly, guys. He’s an ok player who had to play great in the finals. I think because he had moments last year it drove people crazy. He’ll be in the league next year and probably play for a decent career. He’s not going to be a superstar, but I think he’ll be fine with that.
      (His floater was ok at times)

  16. GSW says:

    He literally had two good games in the Finals, and then just dwindled after that. Yeah he played well, but he barely did anything after to help the Cavs case.

  17. Im an Aussie says:

    As an Aussie I watched each of the pieces of footage carefully, btw I am not a Cleveland Fan. He is still learning the game and his skills could improve. I don’t think anyone could say that the Horford incident was anyone’s problem except Horfords who was exceedingly frustrated by a player half his size boxing him out. The stars think that the other players should let them look good and not get in their way (hence the frustration), that doesn’t translate if you play hard basketball, and not the fluffy stuff the so called legends want to play. Maybe they should add pads and helmets for the stars so they feel better. Give me a break the Horford incident was all Horford.

    The Korver incident was I believe an accident, however I do think Dellavedova shouldn’t have rolled over the ball (which he did to protect it). i don’t think he had any malice towards Korver it was an accident that maybe could’ve been avoided, but still an accident.

    The Gibson think was intentional and he got penalized. He wasn’t trying to hurt Gibson just hold him like 90% of the big men do anyway. yes he used his feet which was stupid, but once again he was trying to slow the game up. Gibson was frustrated like Horford (btw I am a Bulls fan).

    Considering most of the rubbish that I have read on this page I find it amazing that Kelly Olynyk who had two hands on Kevin Love’s arm and who seemed to wrench Love’s arm out of his socket doesn’t get a mention anywhere.

    By the way Delly played really well in 3.5 of the 6 games against GSW, so anyone to say he has no skills is either one eyed or just plain ignorant, none the less a movie is fanciful at best!!

  18. See Red says:

    Dirty player. And besides from one 20 point game in the Finals, he did nothing. Why did they make a movie??

    • Rick Ross says:

      You shut down Stephanie Curry for most of a game running into illegal moving picks and then you can talk

  19. Hustle like Delly says:

    Tough, hustle player. Not dirty. Injuries a part of the game and the other guys just don’t scrap and put there body on the line. Rule number 1 go in hard or you’ll come off second best.

  20. Deadly serious says:

    JR Smith intentionally elbows Olynyk to the head and yet people think Dellavedova is the dirtiest player in the NBA. He’s not even the dirtiest player on the Cavs roster.

    NBA players just don’t like plucky little international players boxing them out and beating them to the ball.

    • Virgil says:

      You are only adding to the fire for the argument for why no one likes the Cavaliers. Dirty grit and grind style of play starts from the top down. LeBron is aging and increasingly using push-offs, traveling, and faking fouls to create offense. JR Smith is a known thug, in which I dont even have to mention all the times he has tried to cheap shot players from other teams. And finally, Dova, not a skilled player and trash talks like he is the best player on the floor. And you wonder why this team had so many injuriees. The other teams finally get fed up with it and retaliate to an increasing degree (while I dont condone this, it happened).

      Just glad some team finally got to put this team in there place. Not a fun team to watch play and Cleveland fans are obnoxious.

  21. DIRTY DELLY says:

    Major difference between a great HUSTLE PLAYER and a DIRTY PLAYER.

    Draymond Green is a great HUSTLE PLAYER – in the course of the playoffs, he didn’t hurt any of the players from the opposing teams. Just played great defense and showed toughness.

    Matthew Delladovedava or whatever his name is – this is a certified DIRTY PLAYER. got into 3 cases wherein the players from the opposing team either got injured or almost did.

    So go ahead and make a movie about this piece of garbage.

    • Rick Ross says:

      Didn’t Green hurt Shumperts shoulder setting one of the hundreds of illegal moving picks that the Warriors used to get Stephanie Curry open.

      Delly did dove getting a loose ball and Korver was unfortunately injured. Horford pulled Delly onto his leg. You obviously didn’t watch the games.

      Is anyone mentioning how K Love had his shoulder dislocated by the shady Celtics. Took him out of the playoffs and was suspended 1 regular season game. JR Smith backhands Jae Crowder the exact same way Dwight Howard backhanded Bogut for being dirty. Somehow the NBA gives JR a 2 game suspension and Dwight Howard gets a Flagrant 1. Media and NBA just likes to make the Cavs look bad I guess.

      • And says:

        Yes yes yes, that is how the Warriors won, hundreds and hundreds of illegal l picks and blocks. In fact I doubt they could have won one game the entire year without cheating. And your right, Green is one dirty player all right. (Runner up to the defensive player of the year), but who cares right? He’s dirty more so than the guy from all those other teams in the league.

        Really guy? Who is it that didn’t really watch the games.

        This movie wont happen, the player in question will be out of the league in 2 years, tops.

      • DIRTY DELLY says:

        Moving screens are illegal but you don’t consider that as a dirty play. It’s only illegal because it creates an unfair advantage by the offensive player against the defensive player. If illegal picks are dirty and could potentially hurt someone, then every time they call it, it should be a flagrant foul not offensive foul.

  22. Mike b says:

    I believe it is worth to make a movie of Shaun Livingstone who nearly lost his leg and yet did not lose hope that someday he will get a championship ring.

  23. Mark from Bay area says:

    Why do we even care about this fool?
    I totally agree with Shaun Livingston movie, because he came from near end of career experience to winning the Championship.
    I love international flavor of NBA, but Delly is not worth looking into his career.
    If Cav fans want to make movie, they should name it “LeBron and the Others”

  24. Flexy says:

    I gotta great name for the movie. They could call it ” Check Mate” Delly taking players out from down under.

  25. SpursFan says:

    Patty Mills….is also from Australia. Check out his story…

  26. johnrtkach says:

    I have never understood why Delly was getting all the playing time. I don’t think he is dirty, just not capable. I blamed Blatt but in retrospect have to consider that Lebron influenced the decision. I would like to see Blatt depart along with Delly. The Cavs are loaded for next season but a lot of wackiness will happen this off-season.