I've thought about this for a while. I think the basketball is so fake because in many cases, the only folks who'll object will be those who specialize in the game. There's been a lot of basketball scenes that have stuck out to me like a sore thumb, but then non-basketball playing female friends would just readily accept them as a part of the movie.
My feelings on fake basketball scenes has now always made me wonder about authenticity whenever any type of skill is shown on TV or cinema. For instance, I used to just accept this scene as a funny climax to an episode of the Fresh Prince, but are there any pool sharks who get seriously annoyed at scenes like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7u1SGsT51w?
I mean, are there forums where folks are like, "What's the story with the camera filming Uncle Phil hitting the ball then cutting away to four balls going in at once?" That'd be the equivalent of an awful looking jump shot from the right wing cutting to a close up of the rim and the ball swishing through with trajectory coming from the left, yeah?
Probably because a movie/tv show takes a long ass time to shoot on its own, and in the grand scheme of things the realistic intensity of a basketball game in the middle of that shooting is very low on their list of priorities.
The game is usually just used to move the plot along or set something else up, so they want you to focus more on the plot than the actual game. Plus like Rake said, the only people who are gonna care or notice are basketball fans
I mean look at any scene where people are driving and having a conversation. Are we pointing out their unrealistic driving patterns? The fact that nobody ever turns corners, merges into another lane or even stops casually moving the steering wheel back and forth like a baby with a fake car toy. But people don't really point it out because realistic driving isn't the focal point. They want you to focus on what the characters are talking about, just like in a basketball scene they want you to focus on the main characters rather than whether or not #12 on the other team should be called for defensive 3-seconds
I always appreciated that John Krasinski at least appeared to have played basketball at some point in his life. Some of his moves are still awkward and stunted, but it doesn't look like it's the first time he's played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B7BYHKiyig
Also, I heard the character who plays Kevin (Brian Baumgartner, seen at the end of the clip above) was the most athletic guy on that set.
And I've heard Steve Carrell may have played hockey in high school
I swear like every show has at least one scene at some point of some of the cast playing hoops. They always look so ridiculous awful and fake. Always talking trash...like that is what really happens when two work people go out to shoot around for fun. Just OD OD OD always. Even when the show, like CSI, is about a basketball star...the scenes for hoops of the "star players" are just cringe worthy bad. Anybody else get annoyed by this?
You know man, I am glad I aint the only one feeling like that. I was watching a movie yesterday and the peeps shooting form was so horrible that I wondered where in America did those folks grow up that they dont even have a form that looks at least decent.
Grown men on TV chucking the ball like a 5 year old, see it all the time. Also those flying dunks