Wednesday can’t come soon enough as the highly-anticipated Adam Sandler movie “Hustle” is set to be released on Netflix. Sandler plays a Philadelphia 76ers scout who is looking for the next diamond in the rough, which he ultimately finds in Spain, who is played by current NBA free agent Juancho Hernangomez.
Anyway, during the filming of the movie, which features a number of stars from the league including Trae Young and Tobias Harris, Stan Williams, an assistant coach at Imhotep, organized a private pick-up game for these players. But to the surprise of Williams and the rest of the NBA standouts from the Hustle cast, Sandler showed up at the gym looking to ball out.
Via the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Then I see a guy who looks like Adam Sandler,” said Williams. “‘Yo, that looks like Adam Sandler.’ He’s trying to get in with a dog. Granted, I know Adam Sandler and I love Waterboy and everything, but this is still a school. Even though it’s nighttime, it’s like, ‘We can’t let you bring a dog in here, bro. We love you, bro, but can’t let you bring a dog.’”
Sandler, a basketball junkie, surprised everyone — even his Hustle co-stars — by showing up at Imhotep. But Bagel, Sandler’s bulldog, had to wait outside.
“They had a long day of filming, so everyone was tired and his energy wasn’t all the way up when he came in,” Williams said. “But he’s like, ‘Yo, I’m trying to hoop.’ I’m like, all right, we’re going to see what he can do.”
Video of the likes of Young, Harris, Sandler, and Jordan Clarkson popped up on social media in September of 2021, but this is actually the real story of how it all went down.
Adam Sandler was hooping at a pro run with Trae Young, Tobias Harris, Boban, Aaron Gordon, Jordan Clarkson and more 🤩
(via @jaydoefilms, @coachstanwilliams /IG) pic.twitter.com/lk4ujnqdgT
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 1, 2021
Sandler, who produced Hustle with LeBron James, is an avid street baller. He always shows up to courts around NYC and other cities looking to hoop. While he may not be the most athletic guy around, Sandler can get buckets. Just ask his usual two on two partner, a former HS player who is also his assistant, Jonathan Loughran:
“He’s a scorer, he’s tenacious, and he’s tough,” said Jonathan Loughran. “If someone is a college player and incredible, then we don’t have a chance. But we go play these guys who can do the And-1 dribbling and were great athletes, then we’ll crush them doing pick-and-rolls all day and they don’t know what to do.”
A true Philly pick-up game on the break of filming Hustle. Looks like fun.