While LeBron James made history by taking the Razzie Award for Worst Actor for his role in ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’, Shaquille O’Neal and Stephen Curry have succeeded Kobe Bryant in becoming the only NBA players who have received an Oscar prize.
The Golden State Warriors point guard and former NBA center have been awarded for their participation as executive producers in the documentary ‘The Queen of Basketball’, a story about the figure of Lusia Harris, the great pioneer of women’s basketball in United States. “Wish Lucy would have been here for this victory, but I’m sure she’s celebrating in heaven,” Shaq posted on Twitter.
— SHAQ.SOL (@SHAQ) March 28, 2022
Meanwhile, the documentary’s director, Ben Proudfoot, urged United States president Joe Biden to “bring Brittney Griner back home” during his speech at the Oscars ceremony. The US basketball star remains detained in Russia after being arrested on drug charges.
"If there is anyone out there that still doubts whether there's an audience for female athletes, let this Academy Award be the answer."
— ABC News (@ABC) March 28, 2022
Lusia Harris: A pioneer chosen in the draft
In addition to being the first women’s basketball scorer in an Olympic Games, Harris was the only woman officially selected in the draft by an NBA team. The New Orleans Jazz picked her in the seventh round of the 1977 edition, but she couldn’t try her luck in the NBA because she was pregnant at the time. Harris scored the first basket in the history of women’s basketball at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, where she won the silver medal with the United States team.