Dellavedova gets movie deal to tell Australia-to-NBA story

By Brandon Schlager 22 November 2016 61
Dellavedova gets movie deal to tell Australia-to-NBA story

The story of Matthew Dellavedova's journey from small-town Australia to NBA champion is headed for the big screen.

Milwaukee Bucks point guard Dellavedova and business partner Bruce Kaider announced on Monday their partnership with Los Angeles-based producers Zachary Green and Jason Shuman to develop a full-length feature film based on Dellavedova, a "blue-collar kid" who defied odds to reach basketball's highest level and play alongside NBA stars like LeBron James.

"I am honoured that Bruce, Zachary and Jason think enough about my journey to turn it into a feature film," Dellavedova stated in a news release.

"I am thrilled to be working with this incredible group to tell my story to inspire kids around the world to dream big and that hard work and perseverance pays off."

Dellavedova, 26, hails from the rural Victorian town of Maryborough, Australia, and came to the United States to play collegiately at Saint Mary's.

He signed with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent in 2013, and became known for his scrappy style while helping the Cavaliers reach back-to-back NBA Finals.

He signed a four-year, $38.5million contract with the Bucks in July after helping to deliver Cleveland their first professional sports championship in 52 years.

"Everyone dreams of the one in a million chance of playing in the NBA, but this blue-collar kid actually achieved it," Green said of Dellavedova.

"I am looking forward to bringing this story to the big screen."

The yet-to-be-titled film is set to begin production in Australia in 2017.

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