The sport of basketball is known as a fun past time for any person young or old. Basketball is a great way of exercise and a great way to have fun with friends and possibly make some new ones. I love to watch and play the game, basketball is a very entertaining sport and can be played by anyone. Basketball has many negative and positive things about it based on my opinion. Basketball is known as a good pastime in many people’s eyes but can also be seen as a passion for many others.
Basketball in my opinion the best thing I can do with my friends to have fun while burning a few calories. I see basketball as a fun and easy way to have fun rather than sitting on the couch all day playing video games or watching television. One reason I love basketball is because you need only yourself to play the game or, you can play with teammates. I prefer to have others to play with rather than just playing alone. To me there is not only one word that I can describe basketball. You meet tons of people and you are able to play with your friends for hours without getting one thought of boredom. One thing I love about basketball is that people have many different styles of play. There are styles such as a passer, playmaker, shooter, defensive player, and dunker or highflyer. When you play basketball you feel much more confident and makes you not care much about how others think about you. When I possess the ball in basketball I have the mentality of being the best and no one could stop me. Many people have creative ideas and find new ways to trick the opposing players. Playing Basketball is very entertaining since there are endless ideas you can think of just with a hoop and a basketball. There are many reasons why I love to play the game of Basketball but I also love to watch the game also.
Basketball to me is overall the best sport out of all of the other sports such as baseball, soccer, and football. I also believe out of all these sports basketball is the best sport to watch on television. Basketball is very fun to watch on television because when you watch it you can take the moves you see the professional’s perform and add them to your style of play. I take many of my moves from professional basketball players and make them my own because they expand my arsenal of tricks. There are a variety of tricks the players perform during games it makes the games much more enjoyable to be watching. My favorite player to watch is Kobe Bryant. He makes basketball seem as a mere game for little kids. He is an all around athlete is still going strong at 30 years old. He is a big role model to many kids who enjoy playing this sport. Kobe can do anything he is a very versatile player and could get anywhere around the court in a blink of an eye. Bryant is the definition of all-around in my book. He knows how to play both sides of the game offense and defense. I look at Kobe Bryant as the ultimate weapon. I want to play like him as I continue to get better and better every time I play basketball. Kobe makes the game much more enjoyable to watch because of his acrobatic shots and stunning defense. Basketball is my favorite sport of all-time. There are just endless possibilities when it comes to the thought of basketball.
Basketball is a great way to get your mind off things and is also a great way to express yourself. It is a sport that can work your whole body. It’s a great pastime for any one and is a great way to bond with family members and friends. I see in my eyes that basketball is very addicting and makes you want to play more and more of it. Basketball is known as a good pastime in many people’s eyes but can also be seen as a passion for many others.
Quincy McCall has one dream in life: to play basketball in the NBA like his father Zeke, a Los Angeles Clipper. Monica Wright is the tomboy next door. She also has aspirations to play in the NBA, despite her gender. As the two grow up together in the 1980s, a mutual fascination for basketball draws them together on and off the court. With his famous father and natural talent, Quincy becomes the superstar jock of Crenshaw High and secures a scholarship to the University of Southern California. Monica, on the other hand, almost forfeits her chance to play college ball because of her fiery temper during games. So when USC offers her a scholarship at the last minute, life seems complete with Quincy by her side and hoop dreams in the making. But as Monica hits her stride amid adversity, Quincy’s charmed life begins to unravel. Family struggles, broken trust and diverging scholastic goals tear them apart as both pursue basketball careers. Will Quincy and Monica’s love bring them back together?
Positive Elements: The constructive influence of family plays an important role throughout the story. A young Quincy’s parents reprimand him for swearing. Zeke regrets cheating on Quincy’s mom, Nona. Nona warns her son about the dangers of casual sex (though her greatest concern is that her wealthy son might be trapped by a gold-digger). Quincy’s parents show him the value of an apology after he accidentally injures someone. Two coaches reprimand Monica for her prima donna behavior and teach her lessons in self-control and sportsmanship. Full-time motherhood is applauded when Monica’s mom lists the ways she has been able to give her children a loving home. Zeke stresses the importance of higher education over financial gain to his son as he shares his regrets of never finishing school. When Quincy finds out his dad has lied to him about having an affair, a sacred trust is broken. Indeed, Zeke’s adultery and cover-up cause a great rift in the family. Monica also feels the sting of lost trust when Quincy’s wandering eye causes him to cheat on her. The virtues of friendship are explored as Quincy and Monica try to balance school, basketball and a deep love for one another.
Spiritual Content: None
Sexual Content: Coarse sexual slang and content mars the film. At a dance, boys grope the girls who are wearing tight, low-cut dresses. Several frank discussions about sex arise and both genders ogle each other. Safe sex propaganda pops up when Quincy dons a condom while bedding Monica. Later on, they play "strip basketball" (Quincy’s rear is shown momentarily and Monica takes off her shirt). A poster of women in thong swimsuits graces the wall of Quincy’s dorm room. An assumption is made that physical intimacy is normal for dating relationships and promiscuity passes for the status quo among pro athletes. Monica facetiously tells her mother she is a lesbian. Locker room and dorm room scenes reveal women in sports bras. Quincy sees provocative photos of his dad’s affair. A married couple having sex is overheard from a child’s bedroom.
Violent Content: During a backyard basketball game, a young Quincy shoves Monica, leaving her with a bleeding face. Shortly thereafter, she returns the favor by wrestling him to the ground. Monica pushes Quincy during an argument. A quarrel erupts when Nona throws an object at Zeke. Monica’s mother slaps her across the face.
Crude or Profane Language: Close to ten s-words and an f-word. God’s name is abused twice. More than 25 mild profanities and crude anatomical expressions.
Drug and Alcohol Content: Quincy gets intoxicated at a party. Zeke frequents sports bars and drinks beer. Nona turns to the bottle to deal with her stress.
Summary: With basketball as its backdrop, this love story succeeds in developing two characters who are caught in the web of life trying to figure out how to achieve their goals without forfeiting family and friends. Love and Basketball has great messages that many families might have benefited from. Bad decisions frequently carry consequences—from the college athlete whose playing days are cut short by a pregnancy, to the pain of distrust and infidelity, to the need for self-control on and off the court. It’s too bad novice director Gina Prince-Bythewood had to drag lewd language and lust into a script that didn’t need it.