NABL star and reigning MVP makes his movie debut

by Ken Buckner

Tuscaloosa Titans guard Bernard Paul Parks shares the screen with stars in "Uncle Drew"

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Tuscaloosa Titans player lands part in movie 'Uncle Drew'

By James Ogletree Special to The Tuscaloosa News

Posted Jul 5, 2018 at 6:00 AM

This image released by Lionsgate shows Kyrie Irving, right, portraying Uncle Drew in a scene from the comedy "Uncle Drew." At left is Bernard Parks, a member of the Tuscaloosa Titans semipro basketball team. [The Associated Press]▲

Bernard Parks will help lead the Tuscaloosa Titans, a semipro team, in the program's first ever playoff appearance on Saturday at Echols Middle School. [Photo/Tuscaloosa Titans]▲

Late summer of 2017 was a special time for Bernard Parks. He fulfilled a season-long goal by being named MVP of the North American Basketball League and led the Atlanta Show to the championship game for the second straight year.

But the most memorable event of the summer might have been kicking off his acting career alongside NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving in the recently-released film "Uncle Drew."

Parks, now a point guard for the Tuscaloosa Titans, got to spend plenty of time around Irving during his week of filming. He had actually met the NBA champion several times prior.

"I knew Kyrie from before the movie, from a couple of pro-ams and AAU (Amateur Athletic Union events)," Parks said. "It's not a personal relationship, but basketball makes the world small."

Parks was on set with Irving in August when the latter found out about the blockbuster trade that sent him from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics. According to Parks, Irving was "in shock", and walked off the set, presumably to call his agent.

The movie was filmed in downtown Atlanta while Parks was still playing for the Show. The directors were searching for the best athletes in Atlanta to be extras, playing basketball with and against Irving.

They narrowed a pool of 900 candidates to around 100 who would be in the movie. One of those was Parks, who got his first behind-the-scenes look into how movies are made.

"The theme was supposed to be Rucker Park (in New York)," Parks said. "Where we were, they built the court to make it look like Rucker Park and they changed the tags on the cars and made them New York tags."

Parks also said he was surprised that he still got paid even when they weren't filming. There were occasions where he earned money by spending all day – up to 14 hours – eating, sleeping and watching TV in his trailer.

The day after filming began in late July, and just over a week after Parks was unanimously voted MVP in the NABL....