Why I Love Spike Lee

Other times I think about the last scene in HE GOT GAME. Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington) is standing in front of a basketball court facing the exterior wall of a jail with a basketball in his hands. A security gaurd is yelling for him to step back or he'll lose his life. Jake steps forward, looks again at the guard, and then throws the basketball over the wall. We see the ball sail in slow motion for a good while, as Aaron Copeland's orchestral theme reaches its peek. Then it's a match cut of sorts as the ball moves over the prison wall and lands literally and symbolically on the Big State basketball court. Jake's son, Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen), picks up the ball, smiles, and poises to shoot, as the camera tracks back behind the hoop and cut--

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