Today’s morning happiness comes in the form of a commercial, but it’s an awesome commercial. A year ago my mother turned me onto the Uncle Drew commercials for Pepsi Max. They took NBA superstar Kyrie Irving and got professional makeup artists to turn him into an old man. Then they followed him and another player (without makeup) to a popular streetball court pretending to shoot a documentary about the other player, who just so happened to have his Uncle Drew (Irving) with him.
Then “Uncle Drew” took the court. At first he suckers them in by playing every bit like an old man who hadn’t touched a basketball in decades. But slowly his game came back to him…
In the second installment, NBA legend Bill Russell sends Drew on a mission to reassemble his old team. His first pick up is Wes, who is actually NBA All-Star Kevin Love. Just like Drew, it takes Wes a while to find his rhythm, but once he does it surprises everybody at the famous Jim Gillian Park in Crenshaw.
The third installment came out just this last week in Seward Park in Chicago (several NBA players have come up playing at this court). This time Drew goes after his old friend “Lights Out” who is played by NBA phenom Nate Robinson. In a twist, his wife is played by Women’s NBA star Maya Moore who, after being called an old woman, takes to the court herself. Moore rocks it out…she could have a second career as an actress. Her old lady voice is fantastic.
These make me smile. Hopefully they’ll do the same for you. I don’t drink soda, but maybe one day I’ll buy a Pepsi Max just to encourage more of these commercials.
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