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					                BOBBY BOTELLI, GM

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                       By
                    Ed Beach




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            Registered, WGA-West, #1578495 (5-1-2012)
                          FIRST DRAFT-revised 6-25-12
                                       April 19, 2012
                                   beache@evangel.edu
                         Cold Open


FADE IN:

INT. - PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM OF ORANGE COUNTY ARENA -
NIGHT

The room is bustling with around   20 reporters taking
their seats lined up in rows and   television cameras set
up in the back of the room. RICK   BARNES, 35, the team’s
public relations director, steps   to a podium dressed in
a business suit.

                     RICK
           Thanks, everyone, for coming on such
           short notice. I know the game just ended,
           but we wanted to announce some changes
           and get those done now so that we can
           move forward. Our first round draft pick,
           Randy Weeks, is leaving the organization
           and retiring from the sport of basketball
           after playing in tonight’s season opener.
           He’s filing retirement paperwork with the
           league tonight. Next, Seals owner, Geno
           Botelli, has just fired the team’s
           general manager and everyone on the
           basketball staff except for the coaches.
           And, we’re announcing a replacement to
           the GM’s position right now. We’ve
           prepared a quick bio on him that Sandra
           is handing out.

A young woman with the team’s office starts handing out
papers to members of the media.

                     RICK (CONT’D)
           He’ll be making a brief statement and
           answer a couple of questions. He is the
           grandson of owner Geno Botelli, the next
           general manager of the Southern
           California Seals, Bobby Botelli.

                                                            2.
Walking into the room is a nervous looking 14 year old.
He is a clean-cut, all-American looking kid. The room is
in shocked silence at the site of a young teenager that
is about to be the next GM. BOBBY gets to the podium and
can barely see over it. There is nervous laughter in the
room as the RICK slides a small box along the floor and
when BOBBY steps on it is now at the right height for
the podium.

                    BOBBY
               (nervous)
          Uh, hello. I didn’t expect this. I just
          came to the game tonight to see the
          opener with my grandfather. And (beat)
          all this happened. My grandfather told me
          he wanted me to take this job after the
          game was over and right after he found
          out about Weeks. I’m as shocked as you
          all probably are. He said he’s been
          thinking about it awhile after I
          graduated from Harvard last spring. I’m
          pretty nervous but I don’t want to let
          him down and I don’t want to let our fans
          down. So if he thinks I can do this, then
          (beat)I’m gonna to do the best I can.
          I’ll answer a couple of questions I
          guess.

All the reporters shout questions at once. BOBBY,
looking around the room a little bewildered, points at a
reporter in front. The others get quiet.

                    GEOFF FLYNN
          Bobby, I’m Geoff Flynn with the Register.
          It says here you’re just 14? Do you even
          feel remotely prepared to do this?

                    BOBBY
          I know I’m just a kid to you all. But I
          was really pushed through school.
                    (CONT’D)

                                                       3.



                    BOBBY (CONT’D)
          Harvard took me into their business
          college when I was 12. Umm (beat) I’ve
          grown up around this team. I know the
          league. I, uh, I think I can do this.

Another reporter raises his hand and blurts out the next
question.

                    REPOTER 2
          So you’ve gone to Harvard but what
          basketball experience do you have?

                                                    Cut to:

INT. - SEALS OFFICE - SAME TIME

In a series of cubicles there are five front office
workers, men and women in their 20’s in business casual
dress, watching a TV mounted on a wall showing the live
press conference. They look shocked and uncertain.

                    O.S. BOBBY ON THE TV
          Uh, well, I started playing on a team
          when I was seven. It was in the Newport
          Beach Parks and Rec league --

                    FEMALE OFFICE WORKER #1
               (to the two employees next to her)
          This is not happening. Tell me this is
          not happening.

A male front office worker (OFFICE WORKER 1) is seated
at a desk watching the TV across the room. He shakes his
head, then picks up his phone and dials.

                    MALE OFFICE WORKER #1
               (into the phone)
          Is this the truck driving school that
          advertises on TV? (beat) Are you still
          taking applications?


                                                          4.



                                                    Cut to:

INT. - SEALS LOCKER ROOM - SAME TIME
BOBBY’S image is on a TV in the Seals locker room being
watched by three players that are half-dressed. They are
closely watching the news conference in disbelief.

                    O.S. BOBBY ON THE TV
          ...and then I was on an AAU team when I
          was 10 --

                    PLAYER 1, ANTHONY SEWELL
               (disgusted)
          That’s it! I’m waiving my no-trade
          clause. I’m outta here!

Sewell walks away

                    PLAYER 2
               (to PLAYER 3)
          Think anyone would take him?

                       PLAYER 3
                  (chuckling)
          Nope.

                                                    Cut to:

INT.- LEAGUE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE - SAME TIME


BOBBY’S image is now on a TV in a posh office occupied
by league commissioner AARON ZEIGLER, 58, and a middle
aged assistant. ZEIGLER is seated at his desk and looks
irritated as he’s watching the news conference on his
office TV.

                    O.S. BOBBY ON THE TV
          ...and then at Harvard I was on an
          intramurals team with some other
          business-econ majors.
                    (CONT’D)
                                                          5.



                    O.S. BOBBY ON THE TV (CONT’D)
          Our team was called the Galbraithites. We
          didn’t win a lot but --

                    AARON
          This is ridiculous. I’m putting a stop to
          this right now.
AARON picks up the phone on his desk.

                    ASSISTANT
          Wait a minute, commissioner. This may
          work out really well for us.

AARON is punching buttons on the phone.

                    ASSISTANT
          Seriously, wait, sir. I’ll tell you why
          this may be perfect.

AARON puts the phone down and looks at his assistant

                                               Cut back to:

INT.- SEALS PRESS CONFERNCE - SAME TIME

                    BOBBY (CONT’D)
          ...and I’ve been around this team and
          organization my whole life. I love this
          game and I’ve always wanted to be a part
          of it.

                    REPORTER # 3
          Coach Benard has a year left on his
          contract. Can you talk or speculate on
          his future?

                    BOBBY
          Coach Benard has been a head coach in
          this league for a long time. He’s been
          with us for a few years now --


                                                         6.



                                                     Cut to:

INT.- COACH RON BERNARD’S OFFICE - SAME TIME

The TV image of BOBBY is being watched by head coach RON
BERNARD, 61. RON is watching closely and looks tired and
angry. His suit is still on but his tie is undone and he
takes a drink of Gatorade from the bottle on his desk as
he watches BOBBY’S response about his future.
                    O.S. BOBBY ON THE TV
          ...uh, he’s been successful in some other
          places so hopefully he’ll, uh, start to
          be successful here. We’ll see if he can
          win here so that he can be our coach down
          the road.

                    RON
               (speaking to the TV)
          We’ll see?! That little sonofa-

RON throws that half-full Gatorade bottle at the TV
hitting the image of BOBBY in the head.

                                                Cut back to:

INT.- SEALS PRESS CONFERNECE ROOM - SAME TIME

                    BOBBY (CONT’D)
          So, you know, I’m hoping he can start to
          win. I’ll answer one more, I guess.

                    REPORTER 4
          Is there any truth to the rumor that this
          franchise may be move to San Diego when
          they build their arena?

                    BOBBY
          No, I’ve never heard that rumor. I can’t
          think that there’s anything to that. Uh,
          (beat) I think that’s all I want to say
          for now.

                                                          7.



BOBBY starts to walk away and all 20 reporters start
shouting questions at once. GEOFF FLYNN steps forward
and stops BOBBY from leaving.

                    GEOFF
          Come on, I know you’re the owner’s
          grandson. But you’re 14. Don’t you think
          you being the general manager makes this
          franchise a joke?

                    BOBBY
          No! I mean, well (sigh). We haven’t made
          the playoffs in nine years. We lost 64
          games last season and our first round
          draft pick just announced he’s going to
          take his 10 million dollar signing bonus
          and quit so he can move to Hawaii and
          smoke weed all day! You think hiring me
          makes us joke!? I’m pretty sure we’re
          there already.

BOBBY tries to walk out again

                     GEOFF
          Come on Bobby, do you really expect us
          and the rest of the league to take you
          seriously?

                     BOBBY
                (exasperated)
          Yeah, I’m gonna do everything I can --
          (beat) Hey look, you know my grandpa’s
          wealthy, right? That’s why he’s an owner
          in this league. You know that I’m gonna
          inherit a ton of money someday, right?
          Well if I’m forced to quit because I’m
          wrecking this team, or if we’re not in
          the league finals in five years, I’ll
          have my name written out of my family’s
          will.
                     (CONT’D)


                                                         8.


                         BOBBY (CONT’D)
          I’ll put up anything that’s coming to me
          and my trust fund on the chance that
          we’ll be playing for a world championship
          in five years. That’s how serious you can
          you take me!

BOBBY finally walks out of the room despite reporters
still shouting questions at him.

                                                     Cut to:

INT.- HALLWAY OUTSIDE CONFERENCE ROOM - CONTINUOUS

BOBBY walks up to his grandfather, GENO, 70, who is just
turning away from a mounted TV in the hallway having
just watched the press conference from there.
                    GENO
          I thought that went well.

                    BOBBY
               (looking frazzled)
          I think I’m going to throw up.

They two start walking down the hallway.

                    GENO
          You did good.

                    BOBBY
          Grandpa, did I just gamble 200 million
          dollars on the worst team in basketball
          to play for a championship in five years?

                     GENO
                (smiling)
          Give or take a couple hundred million,
          yeah.

                    BOBBY
               (holding his head)
          I think I’m really gonna be sick.

                                                         9.



                    GENO
          You’ll be fine.

                    BOBBY
          I should get started early tomorrow.

                    GENO
          Yes you should.

                    BOBBY
          Wait, I can’t get here tomorrow, I can’t
          even drive!

                                              Smash Cut to:

Main Titles
                     End of Cold Open



                              Act 1

Fade in:

INT.- KITCHEN OF DONNA BOTELLI HOME - MORNING.

BOBBY is at a kitchen table and is putting file folders
into a backpack. His mother DONNA is busily clearly cups
and plates from the counter to the sink.

                     DONNA
           I wish your grandfather would have run
           this idea past me.

                     BOBBY
           He didn’t even run it past me, mom.

                     DONNA
           But you took the job anyway.

                                                       10.



JOEY WOOD, a 14-year old that lives next door walks in
surprising both of them.

                     JOEY
           Hey Ms. Botelli!

                     DONNA
                (irritated)
           Hi Joey. I see that you still found a way
           to let yourself in.

JOEY takes a muffin from a basket on the kitchen table.

                     DONNA (CONT’D)
           And help yourself to some breakfast
           there.

                     DONNA (CONT’D)
                (to BOBBY)
           Your grandfather’s sending a car to come
           get you. It should be here any minute.
          I’ve got to get it the restaurant early.
          We’ve got an order coming in. I’ll see
          you tonight.

DONNA hugs BOBBY and walks out. JOEY holds out his arms
for a hug too but doesn’t get one and it is hard to tell
if DONNA didn’t see the gesture or just ignored it.

                                                     Cut to:

EXT.- IN FRONT OF BOTELLI HOME - CONTINUOUS

The two boys walk down the driveway.

                    JOEY
               (excited)
          Hey, I’ve got an idea. Put me in charge
          of the dance team.

                       BOBBY
                  (disbelief)
          What?

                                                        11.



                    JOEY
          The Seal Team Dancers. Make me their
          coach or something.

                    BOBBY
               (irritated)
          Joey --

                    JOEY
          I think I could really help them out. And
          they could really help me out if you know
          what I mean.

                    BOBBY
          Joey, I can’t do that.

                    JOEY
          Sure you can.

                    BOBBY
          I’m the general manager. I don’t think
          that’s what I do.
                    JOEY
          Sure it is.

                    BOBBY
          How do you figure?

                    JOEY
          You manage generally everything.

                    BOBBY
          Joey --

                    JOEY
          My ride’s here. I’ll see you after
          school. And I think that’s your limo
          coming.

                    BOBBY
          A limo?
                                                         12.




A black limo pulls into the driveway. A older gentlemen,
REGGIE SMITHSON, 60, dressed in a black suit, steps out.

                    REGGIE
          Bobby Botelli?

                    BOBBY
          Yeah?

                    REGGIE SMITHSON
          I’m Reggie Smithson.

                    BOBBY
          Hi.

The two shake hands and REGGIE holds the door open for
BOBBY.

                                                  Cut to:

INT.- INSIDE OF LIMO - CONTINUOUS

BOBBY is seated in the back in what seems like a long
way from the driver in front. He speaks loudly so REGGIE
can hear him.
                    BOBBY
          So how long have you worked for my
          grandfather?

                    REGGIE
          Oh, more than 30 years now I guess.

                      BOBBY
          30 years?

                      REGGIE
          Yep.

                    BOBBY
          Hey, can I move up front?

                                                     13.



                    REGGIE
          You want to ride in the front?

                    BOBBY
          Yeah, it’s a little weird riding back
          here by myself.

                    REGGIE
          Suit yourself.

BOBBY climbs up to the front passenger seat.

                    BOBBY
          Sorry, it felt weird back there and I
          couldn’t hear you very well. So you’ve
          been driving cars for my grandfather for
          30 years?

                    REGGIE
          Oh, I’ve done all sorts of jobs for your
          grandfather. This job is just the latest
          one.

                    BOBBY
          Hey, can you turn on the radio?

                      REGGIE
          Sure.

REGGIE hits a button on the dashboard.
                    O.S. HOST #1 ON RADIO
          ...I mean he’s only 14. When I was 14 I
          only had three things on my mind and two
          of them involved girls.

BOBBY’S eyes widen as he realizes the guys on the radio
are talking about him.

                    O.S. HOST #2 ON RADIO
          What if a game goes overtime? Can he stay
          up past his bedtime?

                                                       14.



                    O.S. HOST #1 ON RADIO
          When’s his curfew? If the trade deadline
          is at midnight, will his mom let him stay
          up that night?

                    O.S. HOST #2 ON RADIO
          What if he talks back to his mom?

                    O.S. HOST #1 ON RADIO
               (laughing)
          Yeah, what if he gets grounded? How can
          he run the team if he’s not allowed out
          of his house for a week?


BOBBY is now squirming and is clearly uncomfortable.


                    BOBBY
          How do you change the channel on this
          thing?

                    REGGIE
          Here.

REGGIE presses a button.

                    O.S. SPORTS TALK HOST JIM ROME
                    ON RADIO
               (laughing)
          They hired a 14 year-old! Just when you
          thought the Seals couldn’t get any more
          ridiculous, they hire a kid to run the
          team! Once again, they showed that they
          are the JV team in Los Angeles. The LA
          Lions have 10 championships, A-list
          celebrities sitting court-side, sell-out
          crowds, they’re the varsity. The Seals
          will always be this town’s JV team.
                    (CONT’D)



                                                        15.



                    O.S. JIM ROME ON RADIO (CONT’D)
          Wait, this kid’s 14! He’s not even old
          enough to be JV! The Seals are now the
          freshman team in this town!
          Congratulations Seals --

BOBBY changes the channel looking more uncomfortable.

                    O.S. SPORTS TALK HOST DAN
                    PATRICK ON RADIO
          So I’m watching the media coverage of
          Bobby Botelli’s hiring and everybody is
          missing the story. Not hiring a 14 year
          old isn’t a crazy enough story. But their
          first round draft pick just quit on them
          and nobody’s talking about that. That
          press conference last night was a
          publicity stunt and everybody fell for
          it, even ESPN, who we call the
          Mothership. Call the Seals a joke if you
          want, but they just played the media.
          They completely changed what should be
          today’s lead story. But even if this is
          for real, can this kid really do any
          worse than their previous GM’s? I mean,
          the Seals may have the most inept history
          in --


BOBBY changes the channel again.


                    O.S. FEMALE FINANCIAL NEWS
                    REPORTER ON RADIO
          ...and the stock remained steady despite
          rumors of the merger.
BOBBY looks temporarily relieved.




                                                         16.




                    O.S. FEMALE FINANCIAL NEWS
                    REPORTER ON RADIO
                    (CONT’D)
          In other financial news, Botelli
          Enterprises stock dropped sharply this
          morning following last night’s
          announcement that CEO Geno Botelli, hired
          his 14 year old --

BOBBY abruptly turns off the radio. He holds his head as
if he’s getting a headache. There’s silence for a
second.

                    REGGIE
          You know, just because you’re not
          listening to them doesn’t mean they’re
          not still talking about you.

BOBBY’S shoulders droop a bit more as he stares out the
window.

                                                   Cut to:

INT.- SEALS OFFICE - moments later.

BOBBY walks past a series of cubicles with staff members
at desks working and he enters his office with his
backpack over his shoulder. A young female office
worker, SANDRA SILKE, 25, follows him into his office.

                                                   Cut to:

BOBBY’S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS.

The office is completely empty with the exception of a
chair, desk and a phone on one side of the desk. BOBBY
walks in, turns and stares wide-eyed at SANDRA,
beautiful a statuesque young blonde woman.
                                                      17.



                    SANDRA
          Mr. Botelli?

                    BOBBY
          Huh? Oh, call me Bobby. The mister sounds
          pretty weird.

                    SANDRA
          Well, I’m your assistant, Sandra. Your
          voice mail is not set up yet. Here are
          some messages and Anthony Sewell is
          waiting to see you.

                       BOBBY
          Ok.

SANDRA hands him a handful of pink message slips and
walks out and an angry-looking ANTHONY SEWELL walks in.
ANTONY, 28, the team’s starting forward, is wearing a
sweat-suit with a gym-bag slung over his shoulder.

                    ANTHONY
          Trade me right now!

                       BOBBY
          Trade you?

                    ANTHONY
          Trade me to New York.

                    BOBBY
          Actually I was reading your contract last
          night --

                    ANTHONY
          I know, I know. I’m waiving my no-trade
          clause. Trade me to New York.

                    BOBBY
          But you just signed a three-year
          extension last summer. Why do –
                                                         18.



                    ANTHONY
               (feigning shock)
          Why? You have to ask why? This place is a
          joke! It’s always been a joke and now
          they’ve hired some 10-year old to run the
          place --

                    BOBBY
          Actually I’m 14 and --

                    ANTHONY
          This place is bush-league! Look at this
          gym bag.

ANTHONY throws a tattered gym bag he was carrying onto
BOBBY’S desk.

                    ANTHONY (CONT’D)
          You guys gave us these to start training
          camp and it’s already falling apart. It’s
          not a Nike bag, it’s not Adidas, it’s
          probably made in Guatemala or somewhere
          by a kid your age!

                    ANTHONY (CONT’D)
               (shouting to whomever will listen)
          Man, this place doesn’t even know where
          the good sweatshops are at! Trade me to
          New York and do it now!

ANTHONY storms out of the office leaving his gym bag on
BOBBY’S desk. SANDRA steps into the doorway.

                    SANDRA
          Mist-, umm, Bobby. Karl Ruby, Sewell’s
          agent is on the line for you.

                    BOBBY
          That figures. How do I --




                                                         19.
                    SANDRA
          I’ll ring it through. You just pick it
          up.

SANDRA steps out. A second later, BOBBY’S desk phone
rings. BOBBY picks it up.

                    BOBBY
               (into the phone)
          Hello? (pause) Thanks, yeah he was just
          in here. (pause)
          Well, I don’t know. (pause)
          They’ll give us Jefferson and Walters?
          Well, I’m not sure. (pause)
          I mean, Weeks just quit. That leaves kind
          of a void and -- (pause)
          I’m just not sure that works for us now.
          (pause) I understand that but, look, if
          he didn’t want to be here, then you guys
          shouldn’t have signed a three-year
          extension. I mean, we have 15 million a
          year in him. (pause) Actually, I think it
          does give us the right to do with him
          what we want. In fact, I think people
          expect guys getting paid this much money
          to do what they’re told. I think people
          are sick of players manipulating the
          system just so they can play on teams
          that their friends are on! Y’know what,
          he’s under contract with us for three
          more years. That means we’ll do what’s in
          our best interests. Maybe that means
          that’s dealing him to New York, maybe
          that means he stays here, or maybe that
          means we’ll just trade him to the worst
          place you can think of!

BOBBY hangs up the phone in frustration, then his hand
recoils as he realizes he just hung up on a Sewell’s
agent. SANDRA steps back into the doorway.



                                                         20.



                    SANDRA
          Bobby?

                    BOBBY
               (startled)
          Aaahhhh!

                    SANDRA
          Are you ok?

                    BOBBY
          I just hung up on Karl Ruby.

                    SANDRA
          Well, Reggie Miller is here to see you.

SANDRA walks out and former pro basketball star REGGIE
MILLER walks in. BOBBY still seems rattled from hanging
up the phone.

                    REGGIE MILLER
          Hi Bobby. I wanted the chance to meet you
          (beat) Are you OK? You don’t look so
          good.

                    BOBBY
               (still stunned)
          I just hung up on Karl Ruby.

                    REGGIE MILLER
               (chuckling)
          Oh. Well, I’ve already done that three
          times this week.

BOBBY regains his composure and stands up behind his
desk to greet MILLER.

                    BOBBY
          I’m sorry. It’s great to meet you. What
          are doing here?




                                                       21.




                    REGGIE MILLER
          We’re using your practice gym. We play
          the Lions tomorrow. I met your
          grandfather at league meetings last
          summer and he couldn’t stop talking about
          you. I wanted to stop in and say hi.

                    BOBBY
          I can’t believe you left broadcasting.

                    REGGIE MILLER
          Yeah, I missed competing. The GM’s job in
          Cleveland looked like the right
          challenge. I guess we’ll both be learning
          from each other this year.

                    BOBBY
          I don’t know about that. You were an All-
          Star. You’ve been around the league for a
          long time --

                    REGGIE MILLER
          Yeah, well I don’t have a business degree
          from Harvard so we’re even. And I don’t
          have LA to recruit to either. You ever
          been to Cleveland in the winter? That
          wind off the lake is nasty! It’s like the
          worst place you can think of.

BOBBY starts to look at the tattered gym-bag on his desk
and stares at it as REGGIE MILLER keeps talking.

                    REGGIE MILLER (CONT’D)
          But, it’s not so bad. The people are
          great, actually. If we draft well, get a
          couple of guys to fill in some gaps, I
          figure we’ll have about a three or four
          window to contend. Then we’ll probably
          lose some guys to free agency and have to
          start over, but that’s life as a small
          market team, y’know.
                                                      22.




                    BOBBY
               (now looking up from the gym-bag)
          What did you say?

                    REGGIE MILLER
          We’ll probably have about a three or four
          year window --

                    BOBBY
               (a little excited)
          No, before that.

                    REGGIE MILLER
          That we’ll need to draft well --

                    BOBBY
          No, about Cleveland.

                    REGGIE MILLER
          That’s it’s the worst place you can think
          of? I was joking, it’s alright. I spent
          my whole playing career in the Midwest
          and I really like being back --

                    BOBBY
          Mr. Miller?

                    REGGIE MILLER
          Call me Reggie.

                    BOBBY
          What’s your relationship like with Nike?

                    REGGIE MILLER
          Why?

                    BOBBY
          I think I want to make a deal.

FADE TO BLACK

End of Act One

                                                       23.




                            Act Two


Fade in


INT. - COMMISSIONER AARON ZEIGLER’s OFFICE - MIDDAY.
AARON is seated at his desk, on the phone and holding a
piece of paper.

                    AARON
               (into phone, irritated)
          You want to trade Anthony Sewell to
          Cleveland in exchange for a dozen gym
          bags!?

                                                    Cut to:

INT.- ARENA CLUB RESTAURANT - same time.

BOBBY is seated at table alone on his cell phone. A
hamburger, so far untouched, is on a plate in front of
him.

                    BOBBY
               (into cell phone to AARON)
          No, sir. It’s actually 20 gym-bags and
          they’re really nice state of the art --

                                             Cut back to:

INT.-ZEIGLER’S OFFICE - same time

                    AARON
               (into phone to BOBBY)
          I don’t care if they’re diamond-studded Louis
          Vitton handbags!
                    (CONT’D)

                                                         24.



                    AARON (CONT’D)
          I’m not going to--(beat)(sigh) Y’know what, I
          am going to approve this trade. I almost put a
          stop to your press conference last night
          because I’m not sure about you doing this job
          in the first place. But I think I’m going to
          give you some rope here. But if you hang
          yourself with it and I have to pull your
          carcass out of that office, you will regret it
          and your grandfather is finished in this
          league! Do you understand me?
AARON hangs up before BOBBY answers
                                                Cut back to:

INT.- ARENA CLUB - same time

                    BOBBY
               (into cell phone to AARON)
          Yes, sir. Umm, hello?

GENO walks up to table and sits down. A waitress slides
a large salad in front of him. BOBBY puts down his cell
phone.

                    GENO
               (to BOBBY)
          Who was that?

                    BOBBY
          Aaron Zeigler.

                    GENO
               (getting a fork-full of salad)
          Is he going to approve the trade?

                    BOBBY
          He is, actually.

                    GENO
          Good.



                                                         25.




                    BOBBY
          But he sort of yelled at me about it.

GENO smiles as he takes a bite of salad.

                    BOBBY(CONT’D)
          Grandpa, why did you do this to me?

                    GENO
          Do what to you?

                    BOBBY
          You know, hire me for this.
          GENO
I didn’t do this to you. You took the
job.

          BOBBY
But --

          GENO
Bobby, I bought this team because I
thought it would be fun. I thought it
could bring our family closer together
and it has. We used to come to games and
talk about the team. You used to suggest
trades, draft picks and coaches to hire.
This whole time I’ve never interfered
with our basketball people and every
decision they made was the opposite of
everything you’ve ever said. Look how
it’s worked out for us. No one can even
remember our last good season.

          BOBBY
We were almost .500 five years ago. If
Johnson had not gotten hurt --



                                           26.



          GENO
Bobby, you know better than that. Bob
Ellis was a disaster. He was a great
player and we thought him as the general
manager would give us a little juice. Or
least that’s what everybody said. But
this thing with Weeks, that’s the last
straw. I had to fire everybody.

          BOBBY
He was the right pick for that spot --

          GENO
He was a flake! And you told me he was a
flake before the draft! You told me you
liked Simmons better. Anyway, our staff
didn’t do their homework on the guy and
now he’s gone with 10 million dollars of
          our money and making us look like idiots.
          You knew his reputation and you’ve never
          worked in this business. How did my guys,
          who spend a year preparing for the draft,
          screw it up this bad? (beat) Again!

                    BOBBY
          The draft is an inexact science, grandpa.
          Teams make some bad picks sometimes.

GENO continues to pick at his salad.

                    GENO
          Well we’ve turned making bad draft picks
          into an art form. Bobby, you’ve got a
          great mind and I made sure it got
          challenged when you were little. You have
          a passion for basketball and that’s
          important for this job. I figured you
          couldn’t do any worse than Ellis or
          anybody else we’ve had. Besides, you need
          to do this.

                    BOBBY
          But I’m 14 --
                                                      27.


                    GENO
          I know! When I was your age, your great-
          grandfather put me in charge of our
          company’s distribution. We were in New
          York then and I in charge of hundreds of
          dock workers. There were days when I
          thought some of them were going to kill
          me. A couple even tried I think. But what
          I learned back then is what helped me
          take the business to another level years
          later. Your great-grandfather started
          building his business empire when he was
          12 back in Sicily. Bobby this is just
          basketball --

                    BOBBY
          Just basketball!? Grandpa, I’m in charge
          of a 60 million dollar payroll with
          coaches and a front office depending on
          me. There’s a few thousand season ticket
          holders wanting to see us finally win
          something. I’m here half a day and I
          think our whole team wants to be traded.
          Coach Benard’s been avoiding me all
          morning and every sports talk show in
          America is making fun of me.

                    GENO
               (chuckling)
          I know.

                    GENO (CONT’D)
               (now serious)
          Look, I thought I was giving your mom a
          better life by not pushing her like this
          and having her get out and work at this
          age. That was probably a mistake. She had
          her mind set and acting and singing and I
          knew that wasn’t going to work, but
          (beat) Your mother’s a great person but
          there’s some things she still hasn’t
          learned. But with you, I’m gonna make
          sure you’re set for life.
                    (CONT’D)
                                                        28.


                    GENO (CONT’D)
          And that has nothing to do with money.
          You need a set of balls, Bobby. Real
          balls. And you have to grow a set. They
          just don’t show up. Doing this, you’re
          gonna grow ‘em.(beat) And eat your
          burger. That helps you grow too. Maybe
          not down there, but, you know.

GENO takes one last bite of salad and stands up.

                    GENO
          I’ve got to get back to the Newport
          office. I’ll see you tonight.

GENO pulls out his money clip and drops several bills at
the table and walks out.

                    BOBBY
               (quietly)
          Thanks grandpa.

                                                     Cut to:

INT.- SEALS LOCKER ROOM an hour later.
Seals guard JESSE BARON, 36, is alone seated in front of
his locker, dressed in the team’s practice gear. BOBBY
walks in the room.

                       BOBBY
          Hey Jesse.

                    JESSE
               (smiling)
          Bobby! Man, I remember when you running
          around this place shooting baskets. Now I
          guess you’re my boss.

                    BOBBY
          Um, try not to think of it that way.
          Think of me as (beat) your partner. We’re
          both after the same thing.


                                                      29.



                    JESSE
          Well that’s thing. I don’t know how many
          years I have left in this league --

                    BOBBY
          Are you wanting out? Is that why you
          wanted to see me?

                    JESSE
          I don’t know. This is just a little
          weird, you being hired. And you really
          traded Sewell for a bunch of duffle bags?

                    BOBBY
          He didn’t want to be here Jesse --

                    JESSE
          I know, but --

                    BOBBY
          No, y’know what, I just thought of this.
          Part of our problem is that we’ve never
          had players that really want to be here.

                    JESSE
          What are you talking about?
          BOBBY
It’s true, Jesse. The players we have are
here just because this was their best
offer or the only offer they got. The
draft picks we’ve had, the two or three
that were actually any good, left the
first chance they had. You’re here just
because of your family situation.

          JESSE
     (a little defensive)
We’re professionals Bobby. We play to get
paid. That’s what we do.



                                            30.



          BOBBY
I understand that. But any good player
we’ve had, and we haven’t had many, have
only played hard just to get a better
deal somewhere else. We’re never going to
win until we get guys who want to be here
and want to win here.

          JESSE
     (nodding, then gives an approving
     smile)
Are the gym-bags nice?

          BOBBY
They’re great.

          JESSE
Are they better than those ratty things
we got in training camp?

          BOBBY
Way better.

          JESSE
Ok. I’ll do what I can to help you in
here, ok? Nobody in this room is alright
with this yet. I’ll make sure nobody does
anything crazy.
                    BOBBY
          Thanks. I appreciate it Jesse. I’ve still
          got a poster of you on my wall at home. I
          want to see you win too and I want it to
          be here.

                    JESSE
          Well I wasn’t very sure about this, but
          you know something? (beat) Anthony Sewell
          was a pain in the ass.



                                                         31.


                    BOBBY
               (smiling)
          I thought so.

BOBBY starts to walk out of the room.

               BOBBY (CONT’D)
               (on his way out)
          And they’re sweet gym-bags. They’ll be
          here tomorrow.

                                                     Cut to:

INT.- BOBBY’S OFFICE a few minutes later.

Coach RON BERNARD is standing in front of BOBBY’S desk
looking impatient and holding a rolled up newspaper as
BOBBY walks in.

                    BOBBY
               (sounding pleased to see the coach)
          Coach! I’ve been wanting to talk to you
          all day.

                    COACH BERNARD
          Yeah, well. Let me tell you something,
          OK? I’ve been a coach in this league for
          twice as long as you’ve been alive. So
          I’m not spending my time having to answer
          to some 12 year old --

                    BOBBY
          I’m 14 actually and --
                    COACH BERNARD
          Whatever. You said ‘we’ll see’ when you
          were asked about my future here?

COACH holds up the newspaper and points to it.

                    BOBBY
          Actually, I think I meant --


                                                       32.



COACH BERNARD leans over BOBBY’S desk, puts down the
newspaper and is trying to get in his face and
intimidate BOBBY.

                    COACH BERNARD
          No, you said ‘we’ll see.’ I’m not
          coaching this year to try out for you.
          I’ve won 50 games in a season for three
          different teams! I took New York to the
          Eastern Conference Finals 15 years ago!
          This is my team and I’m running it, OK?
          If you want to sit there and take the
          credit, I don’t care. Just don’t mess
          with my team!

                    BOBBY
               (starting to look shaken)
          Well, my grandfather thinks-

                    COACH BERNARD
          Why he decided to step in now and mess
          with basketball operations I’ll never
          know.

COACH BERNARD leans further forward across BOBBY’S desk
and tries to get in his face as much as he can.

                    COACH BERNARD (CONT’D)
          Listen, if you expect me to cook this
          meal, then you have to let me shop for
          the groceries. Do you understand me?

                    BOBBY
          Yes, but --

                    COACH BERNARD
               (raising his voice)
          Do you understand me?

                     BOBBY
          Yes sir.


                                                        33.



COACH BENARD stands up straight again, and steps back
out of BOBBY’S face but still looking stern.

                    COACH BERNARD
          Make another deal like the one you did
          today with Sewell and I’ll make sure your
          next job is flipping burgers! And so help
          me, I’ll make sure that it will be the
          last job you ever have!

COACH BERNARD turns to leave and we see BOBBY seated at
his desk looking stunned and shaken. BOBBY flinches as
we hear the door to his office slam shut.


Fade to black



End of show
                      Bobby Botelli, GM

Show notes

Logline: A brilliant 14-year old, already with a business
degree from Harvard, is named the general manager of a
professional basketball franchise.

Tagline: He has a $20-a-week allowance...and he’s managing a
$60 million payroll.

Pitch: Doogie Howser meets Moneyball

Premise: When their latest in a long line of player personnel
mishaps, the owner of the Southern California Seals, Geno
Botelli, has finally had enough and decides his 14 year-old
grandson could not possibly do worse than his previous
basketball staff. After all, his grandson is brilliant,
already graduated from Harvard and loves the team, the league
and the sport. Bobby Botelli is smart and he knows basketball
but he is far from confident socially. He’s also going to
discover the job is harder than it looks as he deals with
players and agents that have their own agendas, an old-school
head coach that resents him and a league commissioner that
views his taking over as GM as a way to drive the franchise
into the ground to usher in different ownership group. He also
has to deal with his single mother who fears her only son is
something less than normal. Bobby must also come of age as he
tries to learn how to have a social life and balance that with
the rigors of turning around the franchise.

The Seals play in the American Basketball League, intended to
be an “alternate universe” to the NBA thereby avoiding rights
and licensing issues and providing the freedom to explore
storylines that may not be approved by league officials. Some
NBA history and former players will be referenced without
mentioning their specific team names.

CAST OF MAIN CHARACTERS:

Bobby Botelli- Highly intelligent but his accelerated path
through school and college has meant he’s rarely been around
kids his own age and he’s socially awkward as a result. He’s
idealistic but his naiveté is something he’ll have to
overcome.

Donna Botelli- Clearly a genius-level IQ is something that
skips a generation and Bobby’s mother doesn’t quite understand
her son. She is the opposite of her son in that she is
outgoing and socially confident but not driven or focused as
evidenced by a singing and / or acting career that never took
off. Now 35 years-old, she has raised Bobby as a single
parent.
Geno Botelli- He took a highly successful shipping business
and turned it into a diversified business empire. He has owned
the Seals for 12 years and has mostly been a hands-off owner,
but sees an opportunity to challenge his grandson in running
the team.

Joey Wood- Bobby’s only friend his age, Joey lives next door.
Where Bobby loves and studies basketball, Joey loves and
studies girls. He might even have a girlfriend if he weren’t
so annoying and trying hard every minute of the day to land
one.

Sanda Silke- The executive assistant to the GM of the Seals is
a recent college graduate. A beautiful statuesque blonde, she
played volleyball at Stanford, has a sports management degree
and now feels out of place playing secretary to a 14 year-old.

Ron Bernard- The head coach of the Seals, he is 61 and is one
of those recycled coaches who win just enough to keep getting
hired after his old school ways wear thin on his players. He
hates the idea of a 14 year-old becoming his boss.

Aaron Zeigler- The 58 year-old commissioner has run his league
for 20 years and is both admired and feared as a ruthless,
Machiavellian leader.

				
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