PG | | Biography, Drama, Sport
In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Disney was sued by Texas A&M University-Commerce for their inaccurate portrayal of the school in the film. The university at the time of the film was East Texas State University. This was later settled out of court.
Coach Don Haskins:
You got a real talent, son, why throw it away?
Bobby Joe Hill: I'll tell you why. Ever since I was a kid I've only loved one thing. That was playing ball. Do you understand what that's like, having that ball in your hand... It's like, It's like making sweet music ...
There is a banner in Memorial Gym that says "Western Athletic Conference". Texas Western did not join the WAC until 1967.
During the credits, an inset shows several of the actual people involved (Don Haskins, David Lattin, Pat Riley, Orsten Artis, Willie Worsley, Harry Flournoy, and Nevil Shed) commenting about the championship game and its implications. Video of that game is also shown.
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