Sometimes here on TNLP, we learn new facts about our favorite NBA players and apparently, the new fact that we learned about Lakers star Kobe Bryant was that he turned down the role of “Jesus Shuttlesworth” in the movie, “He Got Game”.
Thanks to Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins, we learned that Kobe was approached about the movie:
That summer Spike Lee begins filming He Got Game, a movie with Denzel Washington about a basketball prodigy named Jesus Shuttlesworth. “I want you to be part of it,” Lee tells Bryant. “Thank you but no thank you,” Bryant says. “This summer is too big for me.” Ray Allen lands the role as Shuttlesworth.
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