Lupe Fiasco and New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire have come together to bring us a new sports documentary that goes deep beyond the pee-wee leagues. Little Ballers follows the lives of a select group of 11-year-olds and details how basketball truly affects those involved in the Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent.
“I wanted to executive produce Little Ballers because I once was a little baller,” Stoudemire explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “It made a major impact on my life, helped me to become a better man and a better leader. Youth sports are very important for children — there are so many lessons to learn that impacts their lives forever. Sports help build character, discipline and teamwork, which are all important aspects for the future.”
Fiasco and Stoudemire serve as the executive producers of the documentary alongside director Crystal McCrary. The film is set to feature special interviews with Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Walt Frazier, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Chamique Holdsclaw. HBO Sports SVP Kery Davis, Black Enterprise president and CEO Butch Graves, Relativity Sports VP Travis King, and journalists Pablo S. Torre, William C. Rhoden and Roland Martin also make an appearance.
The documentary is set to air on Nickelodeon on Nov. 26 at 9PM. Check out the trailer for “Little Ballers” here.