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NBA Ultimate Player (2001)

Will Lyman  |  NR |  DVD
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If you've never stopped to think about the individual physical components that make for a great NBA player, NBA Ultimate Player will prove an interesting and somewhat whimsical look at basketball's biggest stars. Each segment of the hourlong program selects a certain part of the body and uses interviews and often spectacular game footage to show which past and present players best epitomize excellence--for example, eyes that can see and analyze the court are the bread and butter of the best point guards, including John Stockton, Bob Cousy, and Magic Johnson, while the arms of Bill Russell, George Mikan, and Karl Malone provide defense and offense. The most unexpected category, mouth/hair, describes how a player can express his personality through trash talking or a certain hair style, e.g., Dennis Rodman. (Notably absent is Michael Jordan's wagging tongue.) The program doesn't always anoint one player as the best in a single category (though Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas get the nod for hands and feet, respectively), preferring instead to compare without judgment the nimble feet of Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin McHale, and Tim Duncan, or the athletic legs of Julius Erving, Grant Hill, and Vince Carter. And when it comes to heart, who could choose between Willis Reed's courageous performance in the 1970 finals and Jordan's unstoppable will to win? --David Horiuchi

Additional Features

DVD bonus features include 4- to 6-minute profiles of Karl Malone, Rick Barry, James Worthy, Connie Hawkins, Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins, and Jerry West as well as three-minute segments on NBA All-Star Saturday (rookie challenge, 2-ball, three-point shooting, and dunk competition) and Sunday 2001 (one of the more entertaining games in recent years, featuring a furious comeback by the East).

DVD-ROM features include a photo gallery and six animated diagrams of classic plays (Larry Bird's stunning steal against Detroit and Magic Johnson's baby hook to win the NBA Finals, both from 1987, two examples of John Stockton feeding Karl Malone, and game-winning shots by Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller). There's also a feature called "Build the Ultimate Player," which allows you to choose which of 10 players you think best epitomizes each of the characteristics covered in the film. This may sound like playing Dr. Frankenstein, but the underwhelming result is a one-line statistical composite averaging out the players' field goal percentage, points per game, etc. --David Horiuchi

From the Back Cover

How would you create the ultimate NBA player? The quickest hands, the sharpest eyes, the smartest head, and the biggest heart are just some of the vital ingredients. In NBA Ultimate Player, you'll go on a search for just such a player. Witness the highlights, stories, and most memorable performances of the NBA stars, past and present, who embody the best of each ingredient. Whether it's the eyes of Magic Johnson, the feet of Isiah Thomas, or the head of Bill Russell, every great basketball player has that special quality which allows them to excel. In this DVD, we spotlight the diverse talent of the game's most legendary superstars to create the NBA Ultimate Player. 58 minutes plus 44 minutes of bonus features.
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