What does Philadelphia 76ers G/F Andre Iguodala watch to get himself ready for hardwood play?
He Got Game [Touchstone Pictures] Athlete’s Choice: Andre Iguodala
Starring: Denzel Washington and Ray Allen
Rated: R for adult content and language
Jesus Shuttlesworth [Allen] is the number one high school basketball recruit in the country. He can choose any college he wants, or he can skip it all, turn pro and rescue his family from poverty. Schools and teams offer him all sorts of inducements—money, cars, even women—but Jesus rejects them all so he can stay on the right path.
One week before the NCAA signing deadline, Jesus’ life gets more complicated when the governor releases his father Jake [Washington] from prison after serving time for murdering his wife. Jake must try to persuade his son to choose the governor’s alma mater—and if he does, he’ll be set free.
Tired of contemplating the right choice, Jesus decides to roll the dice by going one-on-one against his father, the man who taught him everything he knows about the game. Who wins? You’ll have to watch to find out.
STACK’s Take: Every year, one or two high school ballers are faced with the choice between going to college or making money in the NBA. Remember LeBron James in 2003? Luckily for the City of Cleveland, he chose to go pro. But this film isn’t just about college vs. money. It’s about dealing with temptation, discovering who you can trust, managing the pressure to please everyone and listening to your gut. You don’t have to be an elite high school basketball player to relate. For every athlete and any person who’s ever had to make a life-changing decision, this is must-see movie.