Bleacher Report celebrates the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee‘s iconic hoops film, He Got Game, with a sight twist to the original storyline. Instead of calling on Spike and his newly-minted Hall of Fame friend Ray Allen, the sports imprint enlisted renowned video director and all-around tastemaker Va$htie and rising WNBA star Jewell Lloyd to retell the coming-of-age saga.
She Got Game is set 20 years after Jesus Shuttlesworth is faced with a number of life-altering decisions, although it still takes place in Shuttlesworth’s home of Brooklyn, New York at his former high school. However here, Lloyd – starring as Faith Mothershed, of course — also has the choice of forgoing college to play overseas, something many of today’s young ballers must internally debate.
Directed by Va$htie, the short film also features cameos from Shaq, Steve Nash, Candace Parker, Young M.A., Markelle Fultz, Filayyyy and Bobbito Garcia, among many others. Best of all, B/R mentions that more than 70 people were involved in making this video piece, 95% of whom were women! Here’s what the site had to say about it.
We wish all production crews—for three-minute videos, two-hour films and five-season Netflix shows—could be more representative of society. (And that change is underway.) We wish more sports fans—for one-minute highlights, two-hour games and the entire WNBA season ahead—would follow female athletes. (And we’re trying hard to make that happen, but we’ll try harder every day.)
Jesus Shuttlesworth himself once said you’ve got to try to shake things up: “Basketball is like poetry in motion. Cross the guy to the left, take him back to the right, he’s fallin’ back, then just J right in his face. Then you look at him and say, ‘What?’”
So we’ve got faith. Faith that She Got Game represents its own little part of ongoing movements, from filmmaking to sports culture and society—and the powerful places in between. We hope you’ll enjoy our new favorite would-be sequel (and spot every Easter egg), plus posters from more sports movie reboots you deserve.
Enjoy the short film above.