Let’s face it, if you don’t know that the NBA playoffs are about to begin tomorrow, then you just aren’t a sports fan. In which case, you probably won’t be lining up to see Kristopher Belman’s “More Than a Game”, his documentary on Cleveland Cavaliers manking LeBron James. The doc chronicles the king of the court from his days as a high school basketball star to his current reign as the NBA’s biggest superstar. But it’s not all about James, it’s also about the four guys (Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis , Sian Cotton, and Willie McGee) who came up the high school ranks with him, but have since faded into the shadows as James’ spotlight grew.
Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player’s father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the “Fab Five’s” improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested—both on and off the court—as James’ exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they’ve set out to achieve together. More Than A Game combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage, never-before-seen home videos, and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.
Long live the king October 2.
Trailer via Yahoo! Movies.