Top Ten Basketball Movies: #2

We are only a few days away from the start of our Basketball season! And to help kick things off I will be counting down the top 10 basketball movies over the next 10 days. This list is solely my opinion and I respect the fact that other fans of these movies may have a different order. Nevertheless these are still great movies about Basketball!

#2: He Got Game (1998)20121027-140658.jpg

Jesus. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus for Jesus Shuttlesworth. Coming in at number 2 on the FBGM top ten basketball movies is He Got Game. A Spike Lee joint that really captures a father’s love for his son and his love for the game of basketball. If you’ve ever played a game of one on one with your dad or son then you can relate to this movie.

Jake Shuttlesworth (played by Denzel Waahington) is the father of the number 1 high school basketball prospect in the country, Jesus Shuttlesworth (played by NBA veteran Ray Allen). But Jake hasn’t seen his son in years because he has been incarcerated for murder. Until Jake is presented with an offer by the Governor of New York and the prison Warden that he can’t refuse. They ask him to try to convince his son, in one week, to attend Big State College, the alma mater of the Governor. If he succeeds they will try to shorten his sentence. The rest of the movie follows Jesus’ recruiting process and Jakes attempt to fit back into society and into his son’s life.

The combination of NBA All-Star Ray Allen and Academy Award winner Denzel Washington surprisingly works on screen. Denzel carries most of the movie but the scenes with Ray Allen acting are just as believable. There’s no question that Ray Allen can play basketball but Denzel’s game is the true surprise. His form on his shot is a bit unconventional but his handles are smooth like a veteran ball player. The epic one on one game between the two Stars really feels like an old school street pick up game. Overall this movie is a wonderful basketball film with some good life lessons about living in the spotlight and taking care of your family.

Look for cameos by:
Rick Fox
Dean Smith
Lute Olson
John Chaney
John Thompson
Roy Williams
Nolan Richardson
George Carl
Rick Pitino
Jim Boeheim
Dick Vitale
Bill Walton
Shaquille O’Neal
Reggie Miller
Charles Barkley
Scottie Pippen
Michael Jordan

He Got Game Trailer

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