Aaron Gordon, who plays Casper, was the Pac-12 Freshman Player of the Year in 2014. Later that year he was the 4th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Lids created a line of merchandise for "Uncle Drew" that included Harlem Buckets jerseys and bobble head collectibles.
Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery both have a connection to Jordan Peele. Haddish played the character Hi-C in "Keanu," which also starred Peele. And Howery's breakout role was in Jordan Peele's "Get Out." That role won him an MTV Movie & TV Award for "Best Comedic Performance" in 2017.
The game of chess is said to have originated in India around 600 CE. The shortest game possible can end after each player has made only 2 moves. The longest tournament chess game (in terms of moves) lasted for 269 moves. It ended in a draw.
Erica Ash, who plays Maya, has acting credits covering film, television, and the stage.
In 1994, Shaquille O'Neal starred in his own video game called "Shaq Fu." It was available for the Sega Genesis, Super NES, Game Gear, Game Boy, and Amiga systems. Shaq released his second rap album, "Shaq Fu: Da Return," to help promote the video game.
Chris Webber, who plays Preacher, was a five-time All Star in the NBA. Before becoming a professional, he was a college basketball star and member of the "Fab Five" at the University of Michigan. The other members of the "Fab Five" were Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson.
The executive producer of "Uncle Drew," John Fischer, credited screenwriter Jay Longino with giving the film a strong emotional foundation. According to Fischer, "Jay writes great characters with humor and charm, but in my mind he's the only person who could have written the 'Uncle Drew' movie. He has real passion and love for the authenticity of basketball and what Drew stands for as a character."
This is the third time that Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish have played a couple. They previously appeared together on "The Carmichael Show," in the Jay-Z short "Jay-Z: Moonlight," and in the 2017 film "Mad Families."
"Between the Sheets" by The Isley Brothers was originally released in 1983. 11 years later, the Notorious B.I.G. sampled the track in his song, "Big Poppa." It was the rapper's first solo recording to break the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Erica Ash would sometimes wait a few extra minutes before heading to make-up so that she could watch the players warm up on the court.
Mike Epps, who plays Louis, is well-known for his work as a stand-up comic. As a comedian he has shared the stage with "Uncle Drew" co-stars Lil Rel Howery, J.B. Smoove, and Tiffany Haddish.
"Space Jam," starring Michael Jordan, was the number 1 movie at the box office when it opened in theaters on November 15, 1996. In interviews, Lil Rel Howery expressed his desire that "Uncle Drew" be a film with "a lot of heart" because he had always loved that quality in "Space Jam."
Lisa Leslie, who plays Betty Lou, is a two-time WNBA champion, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, and the first player to dunk in a WNBA game.
Reggie Miller said that he was glad to be paired with Nate Robinson for the dance sequence. The two of them practiced their dance moves any chance they could get.
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