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.

FADE IN:

TITLE CARD:
"FIRST QUARTER" then "1981"

BALDWIN HILLS:

EXT. MCCALL HOUSE - LATE MORNING

An upper middle-class neighborhood, known as the Black

Beverly Hills. Big houses, green grass and Caddies in every

other driveway. The street is quiet, until --

YOUNG VOICE (O.S.)

You wanna be Kareem?

CAMERA REVEALS:
QUINCY MCCALL, eleven years old, dribbling a

basketball in front of KELVIN and JAMAL, also eleven. He

sports a fro, a "Clippers" jersey, and a serious swagger.

QUINCY (CONT'D)

All his big butt do is stand by the

basket.

JAMAL:

Shoot, I'll be blocking your stuff.

KELVIN:

I'm gonna be like Dr. J.

QUINCY:

I'ma be like my Dad.

JAMAL:

He ain't a star or nothing.

QUINCY:

I don't see none of your sorry daddies in

the NBA.

KELVIN:

Hey, look, Q.

Quincy follows Kelvin's eyes, to a beat-up pair of Converse

All-Stars approaching from next door. Walking in the kicks

is a YOUNG KID in a T-shirt and Tuff-skins, and a LAKERS cap

pulled low. A moving van is parked in the driveway.

KELVIN (cont'd)

Thought only girls were moving in.

QUINCY:

That's what my Moms said.

KELVIN:

I hope he can ball.

JAMAL:

Bet he's a scrub.

The Kid stops at the edge of Quincy's driveway.

KID:

Hey.

QUINCY:

Hey.

KID:

Can I play?

QUINCY:

You nice?

KID:

Yeah, I'm nice.

Quincy looks the Kid up and down, then --

QUINCY:

You and Kelvin gainst me and Jamal.

Quincy tosses the Kid the ball. The Kid pulls off the

baseball cap. Brown hair tumbles down, framing a soft brown

face and bright eyes. She is MONICA WRIGHT, eleven years

old.

JAMAL:

Ah man, he is a girl.

QUINCY:

Girls can't play no ball.

MONICA:

Ball better than you.

Quincy laughs derisively as Monica walks to the top of the

driveway.

QUINCY:

(whispering)

What a dog.

Monica shoots him a glare.

JAMAL:

She heard you.

QUINCY:

Nuh uh, they could only hear dog

whistles.

Monica starts to dribble. Jamal whistles as he walks

backwards, guarding her. She throws up a shot. IT'S AN

AIRBALL. Quincy and Jamal crack up. Kelvin rolls his eyes.

Quincy grabs the rebound and shoots. Swish.

QUINCY (cont'd)

One, zip.

He rolls the ball to Monica. She starts dribbling and again,

Jamal just backs up with her. She passes to Kelvin. Jamal

and Quincy collapse on him, leaving Monica open under the

basket. Trapped Kelvin has no choice but to pass it back.

Monica catches the ball and throws up a shot. It banks off

the backboard...AND DROPS THROUGH THE NET. The boys look at

her in shock. Monica tosses the ball back to Quincy.

MONICA:

One, up.

QUINCY:

Lucky.

Quincy easily dribbles by Kelvin and lays up the ball. He

throws the ball back to Monica.

QUINCY (cont'd)

Two, one.

Monica dribbles. Jamal plays her a little tighter. Monica

bounces the ball through his open legs and lays up the ball.

MONICA:

Two, up.

Quincy can't believe it. Kelvin cracks up.

KELVIN:

Aaah, she dogged you.

JAMAL:

Shut up.

The game continues, with Quincy and Monica trading baskets

for their teams. Quincy grows agitated with Jamal, who is

unable to stop her. The score hits nine, nine.

Quincy stands at the top of the driveway, ball in hand.

QUINCY:

Point.

Quincy dribbles through his legs, then pops an outside shot.

The ball bounces on the rim...and rolls off.

Quincy curses as Monica grabs the rebound and clears the

ball. Jamal moves to guard her, but Quincy shoves him off.

QUINCY (cont'd)

I got her.

Quincy defends. Monica smiles back at him.

MONICA:

Told you I was nice. I'm going to be

the first girl in the NBA.

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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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