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.

At the counter, his mom, NONA, moves a cake from its store

box to a cake dish. She is 30, beautiful, with effort. She

smooths the frosting with a spoon.

ZEKE, 32, with the height and ego of an NBA ballplayer,

enters. He laughs.

ZEKE:

Girl, who you trying to fool?

Quincy looks up, smiles. He quickly grabs a piece of

crumpled paper, and tosses it to Zeke.

QUINCY:

Alley-oop, Dad.

Nona intercepts his pass.

NONA:

Boy...

She points him back to his card. Quincy scowls, starts

writing again. Nona scoops some frosting on her finger,

holds it up.

NONA (cont'd)

New neighbors.

Zeke wraps his lips around her finger, sucks the frosting

off.

ZEKE:

See, Quincy, this is how your Moms caught

me, with the old fake and bake. Had me

thinking I was getting a sister who could

burn.

Nona laughs, pulls him down for a kiss. Quincy suddenly

throws down his pencil in frustration.

QUINCY:

I can't do this shit.

Zeke and Nona pull away, stare at Quincy in shock.

ZEKE:

Boy, what'd I tell you about using that

word?

QUINCY:

(sighs, then)

"Can't" should never be in a man's

vocabulary.

ZEKE:

Why not?

QUINCY:

Cause when you say can't, you ain't a

man.

ZEKE:

That's right.

NONA:

Zeke.

ZEKE:

What?

(then)

Oh, and, uh, don't say "shit."

Nona just shakes her head.

NONA:

We should head over.

ZEKE:

Just you and Quincy, baby. I got a

meeting.

NONA:

With who?

ZEKE:

Business folks.

NONA:

You just got back from a four game road

trip.

ZEKE:

Nona, don't start bitching. I got maybe

two years left to play. I'm just trying

to put some things together for us.

Zeke grabs his keys.

ZEKE (cont'd)

Later, Quincy.

QUINCY:

Later, Dad.

Zeke exits. Nona leans against the counter, concerned.

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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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