Love and Basketball script
Synopsis: Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) are two childhood friends who both aspire to be professional basketball players. Quincy, whose father, Zeke (Dennis Haysbert), plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, is a natural talent and a born leader. Monica is ferociously competitive but sometimes becomes overly emotional on the court. Over the years, the two begin to fall for each other, but their separate paths to basketball stardom threaten to pull them apart.

QUINCY:

I'ma be in the NBA. You're gonna be my

cheerleader.

Monica suddenly passes to Kelvin, sprints for the basket.

Quincy stumbles, giving her a step. Kelvin throws it back.

Quincy knows he's beat as Monica goes for the winning lay-up.

In desperation, he swings at her for the hard foul, shoving

her off balance.

THE BALL FLIES FROM HER HAND AS SHE CRASHES TO THE GROUND,

FACE-FIRST. SHE GRABS HER CHEEK. BLOOD SLIPS THROUGH HER

FINGERS.

The boys stand frozen. Quincy stares down at her, his eyes

wide with fear...and regret.

INT. WRIGHT HOUSE - BATHROOM - LATE MORNING

Monica leans over the sink as her mother, CAMILLE, 36, wipes

the blood from her face with a washcloth.

GIRL'S VOICE (O.S.)

Eeew.

Her sister, LENA, 14, leans in the doorway, making a face.

She is a mirror of their mother, with relaxed hair and

painted nails.

Her father, NATHAN, 39, moves behind Lena, holding a box.

NATHAN:

How are you feeling, munchkin?

Monica nods. He smiles.

NATHAN (cont'd)

Yeah, you're through.

CAMILLE:

She needs to stop running around like a

little boy.

NATHAN:

She's alright.

CAMILLE:

How is she alright looking the way she

does?

NATHAN:

Camille, she'll be fine.

He gives Monica a wink, crosses away. Monica pulls the

washcloth away from her Mom and starts wiping the blood

herself.

CAMILLE:

I'll get some ice.

She exits. Lena shakes her head, follows.

Monica pulls the washcloth from her face and stares into the

mirror. TORN SKIN SURROUNDS A SMALL DEEP GASH IN HER CHEEK.

Seeing her latest battle scar, there's only one thing left

for this little girl to do. She smiles.

INT. MCCALL HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY

Quincy sits at the kitchen table, writing "I AM SORRY" in

block letters across a homemade card. His face is tight with

concentration as he tries to write in a straight line.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood is an American film director and screenwriter. She is known for directing and producing the films Disappearing Acts and Love & Basketball, The Secret Life of Bees, and Beyond the Lights. more…

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