The story of the first woman to be drafted by an NBA team who went on to be enshrined in two different basketball halls of fame will be executed produced by one of arguably the best centers to step foot on a basketball court.
According to Deadline, Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has signed on as executive producer of an upcoming documentary of one of the greatest women basketball players in U.S. history, Lusia “Lucy” Harris. The award-winning documentary The Queen of Basketball is focused on the accomplishments of the first woman to score a basket in Olympic history.
“Lusia ‘Lucy’ Harris’ heroism has gone unsung for way too long and I am particularly proud of my involvement in bringing her story to bear,” O’Neal said in a written statement. “A living legend and a pioneer in both men’s and women’s basketball, her life is a significant example of fortitude that is sure to inspire.”
Although not a household name, Harris won three national titles while in college and also took home a silver medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Harris also became the first woman to ever be officially drafted by an NBA team. The New Orleans Jazz, before they moved to Utah, picked her in the 7th round of the 1977 draft. She has also been inducted into both the pro basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Although selected by the NBA team, Harris chose to not try out for the New Orleans Jazz. She became the head coach at the school she played for, Amanda Elzy High School in Greenwood, Miss. In the documentary, she discusses her struggles with mental health after she stopped playing basketball and her thoughts about predating the WNBA which was started in 1996, 20 years after she won a medal at the 1976 Olympics.
“I am excited that Shaquille O’Neal decided to join as an executive producer for The Queen of Basketball,” Harris said. “Shaq is one of my favorite basketball players and I have enjoyed following his career after the game. I truly appreciate having his support for this project.”