Co-produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison company and the LeBron James-founded SpringHill Entertainment, the movie is currently filming in Philadelphia and stars Sandler as Stanley Beren, a former NBA scout who tries to save his career by recruiting an overseas player to ball in the United States. The lead basketball player is portrayed by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Juancho Hernangomez.
The casting call was originally put out by Hustle Hoops Casting and Heery-Loftus Casting for background extras to portray NBA players. The since-deleted listing sought out “highly skilled basketball players” between the ages of 18 to 30 to tryout at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Delaware on July 18th, according to the Philly Voice. Potentials should stand at least 6’5, with abilities that match those of “former D1 or overseas players.” Current NCAA players were ineligible, including those who will play for a college next season.
The call has since been deleted off social media, as filmmakers and a team representing the 76ers Fieldhouse are still finalizing a deal. BPG Sports general manager Steve Cavalier told Delaware Online that while his team is trying to make the tryout happen, “both parties haven’t come to terms yet” and that “as of now, there are no tryouts” for that date.
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