When I read the comments by former NBA player Gilbert “Bitch Better Have My Money” Arenas I was shocked and appalled. Check that, I was not shocked, just appalled. It seems Mr. Arenas has taken to a new profession as a pimp after his failed NBA career. I say pimp because he thinks women should show T&A in order to play a sport at an elite level. (The reason I am appalled) Never mind the years they spend training and studying film to hone their craft. It doesn’t matter that they sacrifice their bodies and personal lives to play pro ball. All that matters is they look good, turn a profit and they must sleep with whom he deems worthy. Sounds like a pimp to me. And just in case you were wondering, a pimp is not an admirable trade!
I burns me up that women still have to fight against the stupid, asinine stereotypes that developed from some prehistoric man who felt emasculated by his cave woman and decided to put her in her place. Newsflash, those times are long gone. In case you missed it, even the military has woken up and now allows women in combat to fight side by side with the men! You would think a “man” who was once married to a former collegiate basketball standout, and fathered two daughters by the same woman, would be more responsible with the words he uses; but then again this is the same “man” who ended his own career by brandishing a gun in his team’s locker room. (The reason I am not shocked) One must hope his derogatory words do not carry over into his parenting skills because he not only has daughters, he has sons. It would be a shame to raise children to think like he does. Let’s just hope their mother is able to sway their opinions in this matter.
Now that I have talked about him, let’s put the spotlight on the ones who actually deserve it, the women of the WNBA! As a former college basketball player, I have been drawn to the league since its inception in 1997. In the past, I have held season tickets with both the Charlotte and Atlanta franchises and continue to follow the league regularly. There are some great athletes in this league who never get the RESPECT or publicity they deserve. Not only do most of the players find it necessary to play year round, because their salaries are not up to the same standard as their male counterparts. Most of the time, they forgo or delay becoming a mom in order to continue to compete. Sure there are several mothers in the league, but a lot of the ladies choose not to get pregnant until after they retire. As for Arenas’ claim that the league is full of “ugly lesbians”, I must say he is an ass. Sure there may be lesbians in the league, but aren’t there lesbians in every profession? As far as most of the ladies being ugly, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Who is this a-hole to force his opinion about a woman’s looks on the rest of us? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and from the comments and blogs I have read about Arenas, the ladies aren’t really feeling your steez bro. What I would like to point out is it shouldn’t matter what the ladies look like if they have talent, and they all do.(Otherwise they would have been cut or never drafted to begin with.)
So now that I have gotten that off my chest, how about we get to some real news like SANTA!!!! You know he’s coming in just a few days and it is not too late to get on the nice list…. I’m talking to you Arenas… you really got some splaning to do.
This movie was a classic and like all classics, it should not be duplicated. However, when I heard a rumor late last year that a sequel was in talks, I have to admit I got excited. I started imagining Monica and Q still together living in LA. Monica is retired from the game as a player, but has taken over the LA Sparks as the head coach. Q returned to school and now has a front office position with the Clippers. Their beautiful little girl is all grown up and is playing at Crenshaw High School, and like her parents is a superstar.
Of course, that was the writer in me imagining what would happen. Much to chagrin, the buzz about the sequel was all fake. There will be no part 2 to enjoy. At least for now, the classic will remain unscathed .
The director, Gina Prince- Bythewood appears as an opposing basketball player in the movie. Don’t blink or you’ll miss her.
Did you blink? Lol
The 15th year anniversary of the debut of Love and Basketball was celebrated by the original cast recently with a special screening at the LA Film Festival. The crew talked to candidly about the reunion and making the film. The reunion was hosted by up and coming mogul, Issa Rae and documented by theybf.com:
When Monica and Quincy are playing basketball for Quincy’s heart, the Nike swoosh on Monica’s sports bra appears and disappears.
Before you get too excited, no I was not able to secure an interview with anyone associated with the cast and crew of Love and Basketball. I would love for that to be true, but in reality I must wait till it is my turn for such things. For now, I would like for you to read the following interview from the Huffington Post’s Lucy McCalmont titled:
“Double or Nothing: An Oral History of Love and Basketball”
(Click the title of the story to read.)
Monica falls and skins her face. When Monica’s mother cleans her face, the washcloth is scrunched up in one shot, and folded nicely in the next shot.
Quincy was “the man” growing up and it continued to college until during his freshman year his whole world turned around. The one man he looked up to all of his life, his father, turned out to be a liar and a cheater. His father’s betrayal of his mother sparked the downfall of his life. Q stopped caring and his confidence level plummeted. He even went so far as to ruin his relationship with the love of his life, Monica. His need to control her actions reared its ugly head once again and he reacted in a very immature way. He decided to cheat on Monica, but that wasn’t enough, he wanted her to know so he scheduled a date with a girl on campus when he knew Monica would be at his dorm with him. According to Q. Monica forgot to be there for him. What was she supposed to do? She was a good girl who loved ball and wanted to be there, but had curfew. If she stayed with him to talk, she would not be able to play. Q went on to leave college early and was drafted to the NBA. He never made that big of a splash in the league and was traded to several different teams. If he would have followed his father’s advice, he could have been a star, but his anger would not allow him to do anything his father thought was right. Eventually he comes to his senses and after realizing Monica was the one for him, drops the little stewardess he was engaged to and marries Monica.
Coming to the floor a 6’2” guard from USC, #22- Quincy McCall played by the sexy Omar Epps.
Best Line: “If basketball is all you care about, why you bonin’ me? Why don’t you bone Dick Vital?”
Monica Wright is a no-nonsense type of girl. She don’t take no mess, as the saying goes. Her life is all about basketball, which causes a riff between her and her mother. A tomboy at heart, Monica would rather shoot a stupid jump up shot than bake a pie, according to her mom. In her teen years she was “always walking around with her head looking like who shot John”. (That’s an old school expression meaning she never combed her hair.) She finally gets the hair thing together after college, which is ironic because she spent most of those years in Spain playing ball. No black hair dressers in Spain I imagine. Anywho, Monica is head over heels for Q and finally has enough nerve to take their friendship to the next level after the spring dance. They date through their Freshman year in college at USC, but then Q pulls a typical guy move. Instead of talking to her, he decides to show her his anger by dating another girl right in her face. Monica is devastated, but we see her taking control of her life and excelling in professional basketball overseas. She finally returns home to claim her lost love in a game of one on one. At the end of the movie she has it all; the love of her life, a baby girl and a professional basketball career in the US.
Coming to the floor a 5’11” point guard from USC, #32- Monica Wright McCall played by Sanaa Lathan.
Best Line: “Um, she’s a ho because she’s sending her coochie through the mail! I mean, she’s not saying “You’re a nice guy, and I want to get to know you.” She’s saying, “I wanna bone!”
Q is the neighborhood “man”. He runs the block as the son of a famous NBA player. All the kids do what he says, except his new neighbor. When the new people move in next door Q is excited to have another little boy to follow his lead, but is disappointed to find underneath the baseball hat is a young girl. He falls for her as soon as she starts playing ball, because she acts so different. After scaring her face for life, he is forced to apologize and starts a lifelong friendship. The next day when he is told to walk her to school Q sees Monica in a dress and it is over. His heart is hers. Unfortunately, he just can’t control his need to dominate her and loses her in the next breath.
Give it up for Young Quincy McCall aka Q, played by Glenndon Chatman:
Best Line: “Can’t should never be in a man’s vocabulary… Cause when you say can’t you ain’t a man.”