Star Club Blast From The Past: He Got Game (1998)
Pressing firmly on the rewind button, we decided to take a quick look at a movie that sits high on our favorite films list. He Got Game is the Spike Lee-directed, Denzel Washington-starred feature film that pays tribute to the perils of an inner-city hoop phenom. With inspiration from the award-winning documentary Hoop Dreams, Spike’s 1998 take on the NCAA recruiting process chronicles Jesus Shuttlesworth (played by a very ambitious Ray Allen) as he navigates his Coney Island world while resisting so many exterior temptations. Denzel Washington plays his father Jake Shuttlesworth, a convicted felon released from jail to make things right with his only son. It’s a great story about the “realer” side of basketball and if you haven’t yet seen this film, go to your nearest video rental store or movie streaming site and witness on-screen roundball at it’s finest. The film features a hearty helping of cameos from basketball greats such as Dean Smith, Jim Boeheim, George Karl, John Thompson, Rick Fox, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, and Michael Jordan himself. We’re also pleased to say that for the many sneaker aficionados out there, He Got Game contains footage of some very rare original kicks from the late 1990’s scene. Air Foamposites, Jordan XIIIs, Air Sonic Flights and Air More Uptempos just to name a few. If it’s a classic you’re in the mood for, then don’t look any further because He Got Game is arguably the most accurate basketball film ever made. If you’ve seen it, tell us what you think about it! If not, then what are you waiting for?