Love & Basketball (film)

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Love & Basketball is a 2000 film about two next-door neighbors in Los Angeles, California who grew up loving basketball and, eventually, each other.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Written by Gina Prince-Bythewood.


  • I'm a dang on ball player.
  • It's a trip, you know? When you're a kid, you... you see the life you want and it never crosses your mind that it's not gonna turn out that way.
  • I'm not the one who put this scar here when we were 11 years old.
  • (to Quincy) I've been in love with you since I was eleven, and the shit won't go away.
  • (to Quincy) So that's it? Just forget about you and me?
  • (to Quincy) Don't tempt me I'm warning you!!


  • If basketball is all you care about, why you bonin' me? Why don't you bone Dick Vital?
  • All's fair in love and basketball.
  • Double or nothing.
  • Gimme your best shot.


Shawnee [after she notices Monica at the dance]: Damn, girl, I didn't know Nike made dresses.
Coach Davis: Offense sells tickets. Defense wins games!


Monica: Talk to your new girlfriend.
Quincy: Look, I took the ho to Burger King.
Monica: Huh, cheap date.
Quincy: Well at least she had time for me.
Monica: So you mess around to prove a point.
Quincy: Man what I just say?
Quincy: Man you got yo head so far up yo a** it took a cheap date to even notice me!
Monica: What Q man did I forget to kiss you a** like everybody else?
Quincy: You forgot to be there!
Monica: That night you wanted to talk about your dad I had curfew, what was I supposed to do?
Quincy: Stay.
Monica: If I stayed I wouldn't be startin.
Quincy: Well least you got your priorities straight
Monica: I never ask you to choose!
Quincy: You never have to.
Monica: I'm a ball player, if anybody knows what that means it should be you
Quincy: If basketball is all you care about, why you bonin me, won't you bone Dick Vitale. Wait a minute.
Monica: How do I know the next time you're feelin neglected or whatever you're not gonna just run around on me? If we're gonna be together I have to be able to trust you
Quincy: I'm not askin' for us to be together
Monica: What?
Quincy: I'm going through a lot of sh** right now, it's obviously more than you got time for.
Monica: How are you gonna tell me what I have time for, I mean whatever I did we can fix this!
Quincy: I don't think so.
Monica: You don't think so.
Quincy: Look I'm into inter-draft
Monica: You what?
Quincy: I'm going pro, I mean who knows where I might end up ya know
Monica: So, so that's it, just forget about you and me
Quincy: I still like for us to be friends.
Monica: Friends.
Quincy: Look I'll see you around.

Young Quincy: Can't do this shit!
Zeke McCall: Boy, what did I tell you about using that word?
Young Quincy: Can't should never be in a man's vocabulary.
Zeke McCall: And why not?
Young Quincy: Cause when you say can't, you ain't a man!

Camille Wright: I don't know why I keep wishing that you'll grow out of this tomboy phase.
Monica: I won't. I'm a lesbian. [Lena laughs]
Camille Wright: That's not funny.
Monica: That's what you think, is it? Because I'd rather wear a jersey than an apron?

Young Monica (to Quincy): You stupid, and your daddy plays for the worst team in the NBA!
Young Quincy: What?
Young Monica: Last time they won, Dr. J was a nurse!
Young Quincy: [pushes Monica to the ground] Shut up! I don't want to be your boyfriend any more, you ugly dog!
Young Monica: [pushes Quincy down a hill] Well, I dont want to be your girlfriend any more, BIG HEAD!

Monica (to Quincy): I'll play you.
Quincy: For what?
Monica: Your heart.

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