January 19, 2018

When listing some of the all-time great high school coaches, Samuel L. Jackson rarely comes into the mix.  However, in the 2005 dramatic sports bio, Coach Carter, Jackson portrays Richmond High School’s 1999 basketball coach, Ken Carter, who carefully crafts his players from unstructured street-ballers to State Championship contenders.

Coach Nick was able to sneak some insight into how a basketball movie is filmed during his interview with current Duke Women’s Assistant Coach, and official basketball coordinator on the film itself, Hernando Planells. They discuss the difficulties of keeping the balance between having realistic play with the use of the flex and triangle offense, the elevator play and more, while also adding some dramatic enhancements to keep the audience cheering.

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