For Irving, it was a challenge. He obviously knew the importance of what was happening in his NBA life, but he did not want to let all that uncertainty bleed into the transformation of Uncle Drew into a movie star.
I tried my best not to let it mix, Irving said. As much as I could, but inevitably it did. I was unsure of when actually, or if actually the trade was going to happen, so it actually happened on set. You can only imagine what that reaction was to find out I had been traded, on set. I left for about five minutes, then I came back and started acting my scenes again.
True, there are many Southern California natives on hand �� James Harden, Klay Thompson and Paul George among them. But fans don’t care much about that. The real attraction is that the Lakers have designs to sign those players in free agency. By moving Jordan Clarkson and Slam Dunk Contest runner-up Larry Nance Jr. at the trade deadline, the Lakers have cleared space to sign two max-level free agents in the coming summers.
While Ball has incredible size for a point guard, he’s not the type of athlete who can blow by defenders off the dribble and plow through rim protectors in the paint. Throw a streaky jump shot into the mix, and it’s no wonder why he has spent most of this season in the record books for the wrong reasons.
With his basketball life in utter upheaval, Irving also put his personal life into upheaval in the service of Hollywood, waking up daily before sunrise, as early as 4 a.m., to get ready for his daily old-man makeover and the 14 hours of filming that followed. It was after reporting to the set for a day’s work in the final week of August that Irving finally got the call. The Cavs had worked out a deal. Irving would be heading for Boston.
It just happened to be shooting during one of the craziest summers of my life, Irving said on Friday, sitting in a conference room at the Hotel Bel-Air in LA to open All-Star weekend.
Indiana Pacers: Per Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, Trevor Booker is slated to sign a minimum deal with the Pacers — once he clears waivers — for the remainder of the season. Booker never amounted to much for the 76ers, playing just 15.0 MPG in 33 games after being traded from Brooklyn for Jahlil Okafor, but his presence in Indiana’s short-handed frontcourt likely leads to a reduction in minutes for Thaddeus Young.