It’s almost impossible for the 1986 Celtics season to have been any better, but just imagine if they had Jimmy Chitwood on the roster as “Hoosiers” hit theaters that year. If Danny Ainge had his way, it would’ve happened.
“I loved the Boston Celtics ,” Maris Valainis, the actor who played the iconic character, told the Beats & Eats podcast . “I remember we actually got to go to a preseason game when they were playing the Pacers. We were just getting started filming, the game was over and Danny Ainge was running off the court. We were kind of courtside, and he looks at me and pointed at me, and he goes, ‘I’m going to take your spot in the movie.’”
Seriously, just think of the added entertainment value of having Jimmy Chitwood calling the shots in the C’s front office. In 2010-11, they would have had Chitwood, Jesus Shuttlesworth  and Neon Boudeaux  all under one roof. All they would have needed was Scott Howard  and Billy Hoyle  for the greatest pickup game in basketball history.
Or, if Kobe Bryant  hadn’t turned down the “He Got Game” role as he claimed to Sports Illustrated in the latest from the great Lee Jenkins , those 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals  would have pitted Chitwood’s Celtics against Shuttlesworth’s Lakers. And my money’s always on Chitwood.
Then again, even Ainge might not have made that final shot  in one take as Valainis did. You can listen to the edited 1:13 clip here  and hear the complete 37-minute podcast interview here .