BOBBY BOTELLI, GM
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FIRST DRAFT-revised 6-25-12
April 19, 2012
INT. - PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM OF ORANGE COUNTY ARENA -
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Bobby, I’m Geoff Flynn with the Register.
It says here you’re just 14? Do you even
feel remotely prepared to do this?
I know I’m just a kid to you all. But I
was really pushed through school.
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
So you’ve gone to Harvard but what
basketball experience do you have?
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
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
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
That’s it! I’m waiving my no-trade
clause. I’m outta here!
Sewell walks away
(to PLAYER 3)
Think anyone would take him?
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
O.S. BOBBY ON THE TV
...and then at Harvard I was on an
intramurals team with some other
O.S. BOBBY ON THE TV (CONT’D)
Our team was called the Galbraithites. We
didn’t win a lot but --
This is ridiculous. I’m putting a stop to
this right now.
AARON picks up the phone on his desk.
Wait a minute, commissioner. This may
work out really well for us.
AARON is punching buttons on the phone.
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
...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
REPORTER # 3
Coach Benard has a year left on his
contract. Can you talk or speculate on
Coach Benard has been a head coach in
this league for a long time. He’s been
with us for a few years now --
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
(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
So, you know, I’m hoping he can start to
win. I’ll answer one more, I guess.
Is there any truth to the rumor that this
franchise may be move to San Diego when
they build their arena?
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
BOBBY starts to walk away and all 20 reporters start
shouting questions at once. GEOFF FLYNN steps forward
and stops BOBBY from leaving.
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?
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
BOBBY tries to walk out again
Come on Bobby, do you really expect us
and the rest of the league to take you
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
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.
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.
I thought that went well.
I think I’m going to throw up.
They two start walking down the hallway.
You did good.
Grandpa, did I just gamble 200 million
dollars on the worst team in basketball
to play for a championship in five years?
Give or take a couple hundred million,
(holding his head)
I think I’m really gonna be sick.
You’ll be fine.
I should get started early tomorrow.
Yes you should.
Wait, I can’t get here tomorrow, I can’t
Smash Cut to:
End of Cold Open
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.
I wish your grandfather would have run
this idea past me.
He didn’t even run it past me, mom.
But you took the job anyway.
JOEY WOOD, a 14-year old that lives next door walks in
surprising both of them.
Hey Ms. Botelli!
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.
And help yourself to some breakfast
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
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.
EXT.- IN FRONT OF BOTELLI HOME - CONTINUOUS
The two boys walk down the driveway.
Hey, I’ve got an idea. Put me in charge
of the dance team.
The Seal Team Dancers. Make me their
coach or something.
I think I could really help them out. And
they could really help me out if you know
what I mean.
Joey, I can’t do that.
Sure you can.
I’m the general manager. I don’t think
that’s what I do.
Sure it is.
How do you figure?
You manage generally everything.
My ride’s here. I’ll see you after
school. And I think that’s your limo
A black limo pulls into the driveway. A older gentlemen,
REGGIE SMITHSON, 60, dressed in a black suit, steps out.
I’m Reggie Smithson.
The two shake hands and REGGIE holds the door open for
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.
So how long have you worked for my
Oh, more than 30 years now I guess.
Hey, can I move up front?
You want to ride in the front?
Yeah, it’s a little weird riding back
here by myself.
BOBBY climbs up to the front passenger seat.
Sorry, it felt weird back there and I
couldn’t hear you very well. So you’ve
been driving cars for my grandfather for
Oh, I’ve done all sorts of jobs for your
grandfather. This job is just the latest
Hey, can you turn on the radio?
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?
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
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.
How do you change the channel on this
REGGIE presses a button.
O.S. SPORTS TALK HOST JIM ROME
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.
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
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.
O.S. FEMALE FINANCIAL NEWS
REPORTER ON RADIO
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
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
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.
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.
Huh? Oh, call me Bobby. The mister sounds
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.
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.
Trade me right now!
Trade me to New York.
Actually I was reading your contract last
I know, I know. I’m waiving my no-trade
clause. Trade me to New York.
But you just signed a three-year
extension last summer. Why do –
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
Actually I’m 14 and --
This place is bush-league! Look at this
ANTHONY throws a tattered gym bag he was carrying onto
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!
(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.
Mist-, umm, Bobby. Karl Ruby, Sewell’s
agent is on the line for you.
That figures. How do I --
I’ll ring it through. You just pick it
SANDRA steps out. A second later, BOBBY’S desk phone
rings. BOBBY picks it up.
(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.
Are you ok?
I just hung up on Karl Ruby.
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.
Hi Bobby. I wanted the chance to meet you
(beat) Are you OK? You don’t look so
I just hung up on Karl Ruby.
Oh. Well, I’ve already done that three
times this week.
BOBBY regains his composure and stands up behind his
desk to greet MILLER.
I’m sorry. It’s great to meet you. What
are doing here?
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.
I can’t believe you left broadcasting.
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.
I don’t know about that. You were an All-
Star. You’ve been around the league for a
long time --
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.
(now looking up from the gym-bag)
What did you say?
We’ll probably have about a three or four
year window --
(a little excited)
No, before that.
That we’ll need to draft well --
No, about Cleveland.
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 --
Call me Reggie.
What’s your relationship like with Nike?
I think I want to make a deal.
FADE TO BLACK
End of Act One
INT. - COMMISSIONER AARON ZEIGLER’s OFFICE - MIDDAY.
AARON is seated at his desk, on the phone and holding a
piece of paper.
(into phone, irritated)
You want to trade Anthony Sewell to
Cleveland in exchange for a dozen gym
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
(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
(into phone to BOBBY)
I don’t care if they’re diamond-studded Louis
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
(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
Who was that?
(getting a fork-full of salad)
Is he going to approve the trade?
He is, actually.
But he sort of yelled at me about it.
GENO smiles as he takes a bite of salad.
Grandpa, why did you do this to me?
Do what to you?
You know, hire me for this.
I didn’t do this to you. You took the
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.
We were almost .500 five years ago. If
Johnson had not gotten hurt --
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.
He was the right pick for that spot --
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!
The draft is an inexact science, grandpa.
Teams make some bad picks sometimes.
GENO continues to pick at his salad.
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.
But I’m 14 --
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! Man, I remember when you running
around this place shooting baskets. Now I
guess you’re my boss.
Um, try not to think of it that way.
Think of me as (beat) your partner. We’re
both after the same thing.
Well that’s thing. I don’t know how many
years I have left in this league --
Are you wanting out? Is that why you
wanted to see me?
I don’t know. This is just a little
weird, you being hired. And you really
traded Sewell for a bunch of duffle bags?
He didn’t want to be here Jesse --
I know, but --
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.
What are you talking about?
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.
(a little defensive)
We’re professionals Bobby. We play to get
paid. That’s what we do.
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.
(nodding, then gives an approving
Are the gym-bags nice?
Are they better than those ratty things
we got in training camp?
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
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
Well I wasn’t very sure about this, but
you know something? (beat) Anthony Sewell
was a pain in the ass.
I thought so.
BOBBY starts to walk out of the room.
(on his way out)
And they’re sweet gym-bags. They’ll be
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.
(sounding pleased to see the coach)
Coach! I’ve been wanting to talk to you
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 --
I’m 14 actually and --
Whatever. You said ‘we’ll see’ when you
were asked about my future here?
COACH holds up the newspaper and points to it.
Actually, I think I meant --
COACH BERNARD leans over BOBBY’S desk, puts down the
newspaper and is trying to get in his face and
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!
(starting to look shaken)
Well, my grandfather thinks-
Why he decided to step in now and mess
with basketball operations I’ll never
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?
Yes, but --
(raising his voice)
Do you understand me?
COACH BENARD stands up straight again, and steps back
out of BOBBY’S face but still looking stern.
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
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
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
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
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
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,