The Best Basketball Movies: #10 "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" (1979)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
January 10, 2017 9:00am CST
There have been far fewer basketball movies compared to baseball and football. This list is comprised of scripted movies so the highly acclaimed documentary “Hoops Dreams” is excluded. Neither will “Space Jam” with Michael Jordan be included because...well...it is “Space Jam.” “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh” stars Dr. J! Flip Wilson is the coach, Jonathan Winters the owner, Meadowlark Lemon the reverend and the Spinners as the church choir! What is not fun about this disco era comedy. The Pittsburgh Pythons are pathetic and best player Julius Erving temperamental. The team water boy seeks guidance form an astrologer and the Pythons’ fortunes turn around. On hand are NBA greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Lanier, Connie Hawkins, Spencer Haywood and announcer Chick Hearn.
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