“Love & Basketball” is a 2000 sports romantic drama film written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood that follows Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, who are both passionate about basketball. It is in 1981 that the latter moves in and becomes Quincy’s neighbor at the age of 11. Because they both want the same thing – to play in the NBA – there is a constant competitive spirit between them that makes for a love-hate relationship.
However, Monica and Quincy’s ambitions are not enough to stand in the way of love as they both fall in love over the years. Although unfortunately, their different paths to fame tend to threaten the love they share. Apart from the sentimental and sports narrative, you might be interested in the use of some interesting locations throughout the film.
Love & Basketball Movie Filming Locations
Love & Basketball was filmed in California, Georgia, and Spain, specifically in Los Angeles County, Atlanta, and Barcelona. Most of the sequences were filmed in the locations where the story takes place, which greatly enhances the quality of the narrative.
Before production began, actress Sanaa Lathan had to train with a basketball coach for several months because she had no previous basketball experience. Meanwhile, Niesha Butler was a star basketball player but was paired with an acting coach to get her fit for playing her role in the movie.
The production team of “Love & Basketball” camped out in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the US, to shoot several key sequences. The University of Southern California served as one of the main filming locations, along with the house at 3956 Kenway Avenue and the surrounding areas.
In addition, the cast and crew filmed several portions in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood, the city of Inglewood, and the unincorporated area of Ladera Heights.
Important parts of “Love & Basketball” were also performed in Atlanta, Georgia’s capital and most populous city. To be specific, the filming unit used the Tyler Perry Studios facility at 315 Dehler Street Southwest in Atlanta.
Spread across 330 acres, the studio consists of 12 state-of-the-art soundstages that have features to meet all kinds of production requirements. Several movies like ‘Red Notice’ ‘The Contractor’, and ‘First Man’ have been shot at the popular studio.
Scenes set in Barcelona, a city on the coast of northeastern Spain, were authentically shot on location in the Catalan capital. Plaça d’Espanya (Plaza de España), one of Barcelona’s most important squares, served as one of the prominent filming locations for a movie based on basketball.