In 1987, I was a ten-year-old boy, growing up in Denver, Colorado. I was a huge fan of NBA basketball, and my uncle was and still is the head statistician for the Denver Nuggets. On game days, he would pick me up from school and be at the arena extra early to set up his work. At the same time, I would run around the arena, trying to get a glimpse of my favorite players. While the team wasn't ever a championship contender and rarely on national television, I was so proud when the best player on the team starred in a real Hollywood movie.
The player was Alex English. He's not a household name, and unless you followed basketball in the '80s, you might not know him, but he ranked 19th on the NBA's all-time scoring list, and he was the top scorer in the NBA in the 1980s.
The movie was called, "Amazing Grace and Chuck," and along with Alex English, it starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Gregory Peck. The film didn't win awards or tear up the box-office, but it did offer a concept that, at the time, may have sounded absurd, but 33 years later, it sounds like current events.
The plot is that a little league baseball player and a star NBA player were fed up with how the country was handling nuclear weapons, so they took a stand and boycotted their sports until the situation was resolved. In 2020, the issue isn't nuclear weapons, it's social injustice, but the concept that we are seeing in the NBA is the same. Players are taking a stand and using the platform that they have to make a point, and it's inspiring other sports to do the same thing.
My guess is that none of the current NBA players have seen "Amazing Grace and Chuck"; however, if it was an inspiration for what's happening in Orlando, its impact far exceeds its 38% Rotten Tomatoes score.