The Gregory Hines Show

Season 1 Episode 2

Basketball Jones

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 19, 1997 on CBS
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Ben and Alex wait at Nicole's to close an autobiography deal with basketball superstar Will Jones -- which makes Ben testy when the guy fails to show up on time, interfering with his plans to coach Matty's basketball team. Ben tries to bail on the dinner, but Alex and Nicole both force him to stay long enough for Will to arrive. After Ben tells Mr. Jones why he can't stay, Will asks Alex to reschedule; he wants to watch the game. Matty's team, the Home Court Pressers, are on a losing streak, no thanks to Matty's chubby friend, Weitzman. Ben agrees to let Will deliver their half-time pep talk -- unaware that he's going to give them a vitriolic "You suck, losers" speech. After Will breaks Ben's clipboard, announces that he's a bad coach, and sends the kids back on the court, an infuriated Ben blasts him for ruining the team's self-esteem, since he had spent all season boasting that losers always win. But Will's speech pushes the kids to their very first win, and Ben feels useless when they all start cheering on Will, while ignoring everything Ben taught them. The next day at work, Ben ruins Alex's day by saying that he killed the book deal. But when Will shows up at the company demanding an apology from Ben, and Ben refuses to give him one, Will hugs him, and excitedly says that he's exactly the kind of person he wants selling his book -- the kind with the "killer instinct." Like Ben's team. Ben begins to see how destructive having that instinct can be after Matty becomes a very sore winner at Monopoly. Moralistic Ben doesn't even want to put out Will's book, now that the guy is Matty's hero. Certainly not after Matty asks him to cut four people from the team, starting with Weitzman. So Ben tells Alex he doesn't want to publish Will's book, to which Alex replies that he'll publish it without him then. But Alex regretfully changes his tune to Will's face, and they both pass on the book. Ben goes back to coaching, and puts the ball in Matty's court in regards to Weitzman. Matty can't do it, realizing that winning isn't everything after all.moreless

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