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Basketball County: In the Water (2020)

This documentary tells the story of the basketball players of Prince George's County, MD. Since 2000, the county has spawned some 25 NBA players, more than a dozen WNBA players, and countless more who have competed at elite universities.


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Credited cast:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Self (as Lew Alcindor)
Lamman Rucker ... Self
Kevin Durant ... Self
Victor Oladipo ... Self
James Brown ... Self
Len Bias Len Bias ... Self (archive footage)
Michael Beasley Michael Beasley ... Self
Red Auerbach Red Auerbach ... Self (archive footage)
Quinn Cook Quinn Cook ... Self
John Thompson John Thompson ... Self
Brian Waller Brian Waller ... Self
Parris N. Glendening Parris N. Glendening ... Self
Steve Francis Steve Francis ... Self
Tremaine Price Tremaine Price ... Self
Adrian Dantley Adrian Dantley ... Self
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A fascinating examination of a remarkable community, this documentary tells the story of Prince George's County, Md., and its social, economic and cultural evolution through the lens of some of basketball's biggest stars. Since 2000, the county just outside the nation's capital has spawned some 25 NBA players, more than a dozen WNBA players, and countless more who have competed at elite universities, highlighting the decades-long prevalence of basketball within the region. Written by SHOWTIME

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Loving tribute to PG County's basketball traditions
16 May 2020 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Basketball County: In the Water" (2020 release; 52 min.) is a documentary about the basketball traditions in Prince George's County, MD, located just outside of Washington, DC. As the movie opens, we get a quick montage of some of the many NBA and WNBA players that hail from PG County. "There's something about the water we drink", comment several of them. We then go back in history to understand how PG County became what it is, not just from a basketball perspective, but also from a community perspective, as middle-class black families fled DC in the late 60s (in particular after the riots ensuing from MLK's murder) and instead took refuge in the suburban surroundings of Prince George's County. At this point we are 10 min. into the documentary.

Couple of comments: this documentary is executive-produced by Kevin Durant, and feels like it is a loving tribute from KD to the community that he clearly cherishes and care about deeply. So yes, there is a heavy dose of KD interviews and footage. But you step back, and it is astonishing how one county can produce that much basketball talent. KD, Michael Beasley, Jeff Green, Quinn Cook, Dermarr Johnson, and on and on. And yes, Lenny Bias. Bias is featured within the significant segment devoted to DeMatha HS, the legendary catholic school with a basketball program the likes of which is probably unparalleled in this country. Coach Wootten gets his due, of course. If there is one criticism that I have of the documentary, it s that it frankly crams too much in just 50 min., and that this cries out for a less hurried approach. Make it a full-length feature!

I lived in neighboring Montgomery County, MD earlier in my career and the reputation of DeMatha in the area was monumental. "Basketball County: In the Water" premiered on Showtime earlier this week, and is not available on SHO On Demand and other streaming services. If you like basketball, or are familiar with the area, I'd readily suggest you check this out and draw your own conclusion.

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