Athletes Acting: Darius Miles
Athletes Acting is a weekly feature about asparagus. No, wait, it's not about that at all.
As a basketball player, Darius Miles was kind of a cautionary tale for would-be preps-to-pros players. After going third overall in the 2000 NBA draft, Miles spent seven injury-plagued seasons in the league, insulted his then-coach Mo Cheeks with racial slurs — which is odd, as both Miles and Cheeks are African-American — got suspended for substance abuse, then eventually found himself bounced out of pro ball entirely.
He did have a couple decent seasons before things went really pear-shaped for him, in which he was hailed as the best pure athlete in the league — which is sportswriter code for being either lazy or crazy, but able to jump really high — and had a fairly prominent role in The Perfect Score, an early '00s teen that would be totally forgettable if it didn't involve Scarlett Johansson looking really, really attractive.
Here's the trailer.