Arizona Basketball

“88” documentary progressing behind work of Malone brothers



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If you don’t get goosebumps watching the above trailer of the documentary “88” — detailing the Arizona Wildcats’ first Final Four team in 1987-88 — you need to check your pulse (or move to Tempe).

One segment in particular captures the essence of what brothers Brad and Sean P. Malone, the creators of the documentary, want to portray: The evolution of Arizona basketball as we know it today because of the exploits of that legendary team.

“We would trample people,” former assistant Kevin O’Neill told Brad.

“We were a juggernaut,” Steve Kerr said.

“Everybody was shocked but we weren’t,” O’Neill said.

“There was this Arizona ball club out of nowhere, out of the dark,” Sean Elliott said.

“This started from nothing,” Kerr said.

The same can be said of this documentary devised by the Malone brothers, who at one time only dreamed of making this project a reality. They are working hard today on the difficult task of telling more than what we know of the magical group put together by Lute Olson in his formative years in Tucson.

The Malone brothers can be assured that many Arizona Wildcats fans get goosebumps over this story. That is evident in their fund-raising drive at Kickstarter.

As of this morning, Sean and Brad have raised more than $14,300 toward their goal of $23,500 with 21 days left to raise the money to help fund their project. The project will only be funded if at least $23,500 is pledged by Wed., July 22, at 11:59 PM Tucson time.


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Brad Malone, of the creators of the  documentary "88", with Steve Kerr during an interview session for the upcoming film (Malone brothers picture)

Brad Malone, of the creators of the documentary “88”, with Steve Kerr during an interview session for the upcoming film (Malone brothers picture)

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As of this writing, 73 people have backed the project, a tremendous number given the fact the Malone brothers started their fund-raising campaign 10 days ago.

“Ultimately, we think our movie is just like the Arizona basketball program — we can’t do it without the fans,” Sean says in the above video.

Please read our related post about the “88” documentary published April 19.

Brad Malone also writes for Zona Zealots, a Sports Illustrated-sponsored Web site, about Arizona sports.


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[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He has also written articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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