''Love and Basketball'' is a 2000 romantic drama movie starring Omar Epps and Creator/SanaaLathan and distributed by New Line Cinema.

Quincy [=McCall=] (played by Epps) and Monica Wright (Lathan) have been next-door neighbors and VitriolicBestBuds since childhood, with both sharing a great love for basketball and aspiring to become stars in the NBA leagues. The film chronicles their intertwining lives over a decade, as they grow from childhood to high school, then move on to college and finally chase their respective dreams. Along the way, they both must cope with individual trials, disappointments, and their ever-present attraction toward each other both on and off the court.

For those who haven't seen it yet, '''spoilers will be marked.'''

!!Tropes present in ''Love and Basketball:''

* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame:
--> '''Monica:''' I'll play you.
--> '''Quincy:''' What?
--> '''Monica:''' One game, one on one.
--> '''Quincy:''' For what?
--> '''Monica:''' [[spoiler:Your heart]].
* ActionGirl: Monica would rather play basketball than be feminine. It's a source of conflict between her and her mother.
%%* BabiesEverAfter
* BelligerentSexualTension: Quincy and Monica in the first half of the film.
* BrokenPedestal: Quincy's father. Quincy believes in Mr. [=McCall=] in spite of the scandalous rumors of the older man having an extramarital affair...and then it turns out the rumors are true.
* TheCasanova: Quincy develops this reputation during high school and college, much to Monica's distaste.
--> '''Monica:''' But then again, I guess you'll stick your thing in ''anything''.
--> '''Quincy:''' I didn't know you cared so much.
--> '''Monica:''' [[BlatantLies I don't]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Monica undergoes it twice, first to overcome her hot temper, and then to combat her cocky attitude on the court.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* CoolBigSis: Lena, Monica's older sister.
* {{Determinator}}: Monica.
* FightingYourFriend: The combat takes the form of a basketball game.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In-universe example when Monica plays and lives in Spain and meets Sidra there, who is playing for an Italian team. She talks about how they are treated like stars in Europe, whereas in the U.S. they are nobodies.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* GirlNextDoor: Monica.
* GracefulLoser: Monica learns to become this
* InvincibleHero: Quincy is naturally talented at basketball, so much so that recruiters are actively seeking him out while he's in high school. [[spoiler:It's subverted later in the movie when he injures himself on the court.]]
* HappilyMarried: Played straight with Monica's parents. Subverted with Quincy's parents.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Monica's aim is to subvert this trope, especially in contrast to Quincy's InvincibleHero status. She's eventually successful.
* HeroicBSOD: Quincy undergoes one when he discovers his father's infidelity.
* KissKissSlap: Early in the movie, when the two are children.
* IronicEcho: Early in the movie, when Quincy's studying, he exclaims in frustration that he can't get it. Cue this exchange:
--> '''Mr. [=McCall=]:''' Boy, what did I tell you about using that word?
--> '''Quincy:''' "Can't" should never be in a man's vocabulary.
** Then later, after Quincy finds out his dad's an adulterer:
--> '''Quincy:''' Well, since we're being so honest... I'd figured that I'd tell you that I decided to drop out of school and turn pro.
--> '''Mr. Mc Call:''' Oh, boy. Damn it. Look man, I know you're mad at me. Okay? But I cannot let you do this.
--> '''Quincy:''' I always thought that "can't" wasn't in a man's vocabulary.
* JerkAss: Coach Davis comes across this way. Turns out she's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
** Quincy himself acts this way [[spoiler:when he breaks up with Monica]]. To be fair to him, though, he'd [[HeroicBSOD just found out]] his father was a BrokenPedestal.
* PrecisionFStrike
* TheResenter: Sidra, Monica's college basketball teammate, is this toward Monica due to the latter's showing off on the court despite being a freshman.
* TheRival: Sidra, again. By the last quarter of the movie, [[CharacterDevelopment it's become more of a friendly nature]].
* SeriousBusiness: Basketball is this for both main characters.
* ShipperOnDeck: Monica's mother ships her daughter with Quincy.
* ShirtlessScene: Omar Epps gets a couple. MrFanservice for the female viewers.
* ScarsAreForever: The scar Monica got from her first meeting with Quincy fades gradually over time, but it's still present.
* SpiritedCompetitor: Both Monica and Quincy.
* [[StageMom Stage Dad]]: Quincy's father.
* TheirFirstTime: Monica loses her virginity to Quincy following the high school prom.
* TimeSkip: The film is split into four parts, called quarters (1st quarter, 2nd quarter, etc.) after the basketball time segments. The first quarter covers Quincy and Monica in their childhood; then the second quarter skips to their high school days; then the third quarter covers their first few years of college; The fourth and final quarter showcases their post-college years, when both are involved in professional basketball.
* TitleDrop: Done by Quincy during the climactic one-on-one basketball game between himself and Monica.
--> '''Quincy:''' All's fair in ''love and basketball,'' right?
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Monica and her sister Lena, respectively.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Monica Wright is a WNBA player; she and her team won the 2011 championship.
** NamesTheSame, actually. The real Monica Wright went to Virginia from 2005-2009 and plays for Minnesota; some LA fans would like to [[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalize]] Wright being a Spark, though.
%%* VictoriousChildhoodFriend
* VitriolicBestBuds: Quincy and Monica, for most of their lives.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Girl]]: Monica's mother. All Monica wanted was for her mother to approve of her playing basketball, but Mrs. Wright always felt Monica was too tomboyish. Then late into the film, we get this:
--> '''Mrs. Wright:''' ''(talking about her own sacrificed dreams)'' My family had three meals a day. They had somebody to pick up after them...and when my daughters went to a dance...I could help them get ready. That is what I came to care about.
--> '''Monica:''' That's ''all'' you cared about. I must have played in a thousand games...and I can only remember you being at two.
--> '''Mrs. Wright:''' You had your coaches and your daddy for that stuff. It never mattered to you whether I was at them games.
--> '''Monica:''' [[TearJerker It mattered, Mama. It mattered.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: A subdued version--Quincy chides Monica for [[spoiler:confessing that she loves him]] when his wedding is only two weeks away. [[spoiler:Turns out he reciprocates]].
* WouldHitAGirl: Quincy pushes Monica to the ground in a rage during their first childhood basketball game, inadvertently scarring her face in the process. The very next day, after she insults his father's basketball team, they end up fighting on the grass. Of course, as Quincy grows older, he gets the requisite CharacterDevelopment.
* YourCheatingHeart: Quincy's father's infidelity [[HeroicBSOD hits him hard]].