“He Got Game” sequel: Spike Lee, Ray Allen in talks


Ray Allen might play Jesus Shuttlesworth again. (David Zalubowski /AP)

There may be more of a future for Jesus Shuttlesworth than just a couple of upcoming NBA games in which Ray Allen will wear the name on his Miami Heat jersey.

Allen and filmmaker Spike Lee are in talks about a sequel to “He Got Game,” the 1998 movie in which Allen starred.

“Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first,” Allen said Tuesday (via the Associated Press), “but it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last couple months. If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing.”

Allen played Shuttlesworth, a highly recruited high school player, to critical acclaim when he was 22. Roger Ebert wrote that he was “that rarity: an athlete who can act” and the character and Allen became synonymous. When the NBA announced that teams would wear nicknames on their jerseys in a couple of games — with those jerseys, conveniently, for sale at NBA.com — fans held their breath. Allen still is called “Jesus” by fans and teammates alike.

“Not one day goes by where I walk in here and guys don’t say that they didn’t watch [the movie] last night or it wasn’t on,” Allen said. “I don’t know who’s in charge of delegating what gets on TV, but it seems like that movie’s been on a lot the last two or three months.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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