The murder of a private investigator leads back to basketball and the cutthroat competition for court time.
Did You Know?
While searching for a missing youth, Detective Goren impresses some street basketball players when he mentions having witnessed "Earl the Goat" in action on their court. The reference is to basketball cult-hero Earl "The Goat" Manigault, who once shot hoops in Rucker Park. See more
The age of consent in New York state is 17, so Detectives Goren and Bishop actually did not need the permission of Ben Watkins' mother to talk to him as it is stated that he is 17 years old. See more
It's called grass-roots boosterism - giving the community a team they can be proud of.
Detective Robert Goren
Well, I call it a long-term investment. You recruit the players. You touch their young lives with your "generosity." And then you leave a stain that they carry through their college or professional careers. A taint that you can threaten them with any time you need to shave some points.
References Goodbye, Mr. Chips