October 13, 2011
Among players who have retired in the last 20 years, few have the shooting pedigree of former Warriors great Chris Mullin. His stroke was pure from everywhere on the floor, like he was some kind of offensive savant who was put on this earth to do nothing more than figure out ways to get the ball in the basket.
Mullin spends most of his public time these days as an NBA analyst for ESPN. Naturally, that means he has quite a bit of free time now. So he's teaching a Broadway actress to shoot a basketball really well. From Patrick Healy for The New York Times (via PBT):
At a pivotal moment in "Lysistrata Jones," a musical comedy about basketball and sex that is coming to Broadway next month, the title character has to make a layup on the stage-turned-court. Patti Murin, the 5-foot-4 actress playing Lysistrata, made 34 of 39 shots during an Off Broadway production last spring — a solid showing for a hoops newbie who didn't know a layup from a free throw before being cast.
When Ms. Murin missed, she won over audiences with a laugh and a wink. On Broadway, however, she wants people to think: The girl got game.
Which is why Ms. Murin was eyeing the net on an Upper East Side court on Tuesday as a coach towered over her, sharing tips. That the coach was Chris Mullin, the retired N.B.A. All-Star and the product of Brooklyn playgrounds, only added to the pressure. But Mr. Mullin was all gentle reassurance, advising that she take four steps to the hoop, lift off with her left foot, then shoot with only her right hand.
This is pretty much the perfect NYT story, mostly because they seem to have made up the name of the play and actress, whose last name can't actually be that similar to that of her teacher. Assuming this is all true, though, I can only assume that "Lysistrata Jones" will make roughly four dollars during its Broadway run. Because it sounds very weird.
Still, any show that features basketball and Mullin-trained actresses gets the BDL seal of approval. If you have a choice between seeing this production and another musical adaptation of a random Hollywood kids movie, pick "Lysistrata Jones."
Feel free to use that quote on the poster, producers.