Aside from basketball, or maybe even sports period, as children, we can all remember that first time when that little girl or for the ladies, that little boy, caught our attention. 2nd grade, Bragg Street Elementary. This wasn't Love & Basketball, this was Me & Cozy Corner Tee-Pee. Whenever a student would be or would do really good that day, the teacher had set up a large tee-pee with a chair inside and named it Cozy Corner. You were allowed to go inside and read a book of your choosing. Was Where The Wild Things Are out at that time? It might as well have been called My Throne Room because I set up shop there. 2 little girls liked me and I liked them and somehow, when I was picked to go inside, I seemed to always have company wanting to come inside. "Love & Happiness." Sing it, Al Green.
Much like Me & CCTP, Love & Basketball visits the days when we, without even knowing what we are experiencing or realizing, find ourselves draw to one person early in life and even with interruptions, that initial meeting with childhood love, if you will, can remain long after the years have rolled on by. Both Sanaa Lathan & Omar Epps provided an excellent flashback for many of us to those days that may not have included sports as the joining mechanism, but when a connection is made, it can be hard to get through, let alone get over. That's the main theme of this movie, and even when you meet someone else, because your early years have not, tainted you, with realities that come later; hopefully much later, but those young visions of perfection that have absolutely nothing to do with 36-24-36 or big hands and big feet, ladies.....well, the latter worked for me, but, but, but, but, my point is: you can still have those young dreams fulfilled, but the correct nurturing of both parents are vital. Hopefully you were able to have both in your home, because as Sanaa Lathan told her mom who thought her not attending her basketball games didn't make a difference, she told her mom, "It mattered, mama." It does.