13x NBA All Star LeBron James, will once again spearhead an upcoming sports documentary centered around the sport he’s made his livelihood. The Akron native, along with his Springhill Entertainment Production company, will executive produce an eight episode series titled “Best Shot”, based around former Duke University hoops phenom, Jay Williams and his amazing story of tragedy to triumph.
Williams, was a Collegiate Title Champion, National Player of the Year, and the #2 overall pick for the Chicago Bulls in 2002. A phenomenal point guard with high expectations, he would end up playing professionally for just one year. Until the Summer of 2003 when he was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident that entirely shattered one of his legs, leaving him crippled and his basketball career in shambles.
In the blink of an eye.
He would never be able to play the same again. The doctors said he’d be lucky to walk again. For the next ten years he would fight through depression, hopelessness, drug use, alcoholism, and criticism, to finally gaining the strength and courage to accept his fate and turn it into a positive, refusing to allow his circumstances define him. Now an ESPN analyst, Williams’ story of victory and determination caught the attention of James, Maverick Carter (a longtime associate and CEO of Springhill Entertainment), and director Michael John Warren, who has worked on a number of successful high profile documentaries in the past. (“Fearless,” Jay-Z’s “Fade to Black,” and “Drake: Better Than Good Enough”).
Warren had this to say on his involvement with the new series:
“I’m thrilled to be telling this dynamic and emotional story… It’s a multilayered series that is as much about the universal human condition as it is basketball.”
In the trailer, Williams is seen on an outdoor court running drills, as he mentors young men of an inner city basketball team: his renewed passion. The on-screen titles refer to him as a “former NBA star defined by perseverance.”
It is no surprise that LeBron, who has starred in and produced several films, has chosen to be a part of such an inspiring and uplifting tale. As a former teen basketball prodigy, it is one he can relate to. For his part, Williams was more than humbled to have his testimony of trials and great adversity shown and appreciated by others, stating:
“The commitment and values I’ve learned throughout my journey will hopefully make me a valuable board member for the most important game of all. The game of life… [His goal is] to shape these guys into the best versions of themselves they can be, and help them become men.”
The docuseries is set to hit YOUTUBE in early 2018.
– DeShonna Watson