Spike Lee's expansive take on the virtues and sins of basketball in Black America. Jesus Shuttlesworth, played by NBA star Ray Allen, is a can't-miss prospect from New York's projects, coveted by hangers-on and colleges alike. Shuttlesworth's absent convict father, Denzel Washington, is released early from prison by the Governor, who wants Jesus at his alma mater.
We discover that Denzel is not guilty of the crime that sent him away (is he ever?), but that his real transgression is his broken relationship with his son. Bonus: An endless stream of NBA and college game luminaries make entertaining cameos.