COMMENTARY | FADE IN:
Title Card: South Beach, October, 2014
EXT. A warm, muggy night in Miami.
INT. AmericanAirlines Arena.
Its Carmelo Anthony’s 2014-15 debut with the Miami Heat. The sold out crowd is in their full Premier League soccer chant, “Ahhhh Ohhh Ohhh Ohhh Ohhh Ahhhhh!” Pat Riley pops a handful of popcorn into his mouth as he loosens his tie.
Carmelo Anthony dribbles the ball up to the key. Lebron James gets away from his defender in the corner.
LEBRON (to Carmelo): Melo, the ball!
Melo cuts inside the paint and nails an easy three footer over his defender. Lebron runs back down the court shaking his head.
LEBRON (voice over): Were all the Melo rumors true?
Dwayne Wade steals the ball and passes it to Melo. He scans the defense against him. He dribbles for a moment and peers at Lebron.
LEBRON (to Melo): Melo, my touches…I gotta get my touches!
Carmelo aggressively drives the lane, gets tapped on the shoulder by his defender and goes flailing onto the paint holding his eye. Ray Allen helps Melo to his feet and gives him a sly wink.
INT. Heat bench.
Coach Spolstra is pacing along the bench. Chris Bosh taps Mario Chalmers on the knee.
BOSH (to Chalmers): He’s got flopping down…
Spolstra takes a sip of Gatorade and peers at Pat Riley sitting several rows behind the bench.
RILEY (v.o.): Man, I really sold Melo on no state income tax in Florida.
INT. The Court.
It’s later in the game and the Heat are playing defense. Carmelo steals the ball from the other teams guard, stops at the 3-point line, and squares up for a shot. Lebron jogs by.
LEBRON: Melo, the ball!
CARMELO (v.o.): South Beach is mine!
Melo shoots. The ball clanks off the front of the rim and Lebron snatches the rebound. Lebron scurries out to the corner and drains a three pointer that brings the house down. Heading back down the court, Lebron gives Melo a stingy gaze.
LEBRON (v.o.): I’m still “The King” of South Beach.
Will Smith’s “Just the Two of Us” begins to play over the scene as the Heat set up their defense. Carmelo avoids eye contact with King James.
FADE TO BLACK WITH MUSIC
SUPER: A Pat Riley Production
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