Former NBA star and soon-to-be Hall of Fame player Ray Allen starred in Spike Lee’s classic film “He Got Game” when Allen was just 23 years old. The movie has remained a favorite not just of NBA fans, but as a product of an era that perhaps many of us miss.
Allen will join the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, but before that he decided to drop by ESPN’s “The Jump” to talk with Rachel Nichols. During his conversation, Allen said that he and Lee have previously talked about making a follow-up to “He Got Game”.
“The biggest key is getting Denzel Washington onboard,” said Allen.
If you have never seen the movie, “He Got Game” is a drama centered around the relationship between a son and his father, and the decision for Allen’s character — Jesus Shuttlesworth — to attend college or to head directly to the NBA. It’s much more complicated than that of course, but I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t seen the movie.
Lee is back in the public spotlight after the success of his most recent movie, “BlacKkKlansman” and it appears that Allen is ready to go as he settles into retirement. Sequels seem like a cheap way out in Hollywood lately, but no doubt fans would eat up a second film if Lee, Allen, and Washington were able to get together for another run at it.