The reverend is the heart and soul of the Pisces and his is played by the Clown Prince of basketball, the amazing Meadowlark Lemon. When the reverend hears about the open tryouts, he hears a calling to go join the team. Supported by the sisters of the church, he plays the high post with style.
I had the great fortune to meet and have dinner with Meadowlark a few years ago in Vegas. They tell you to never meet your idols and most of the time, they’re right. But he was such a great and decent guy, he failed to disappoint. It was also great to hear that the The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is one of HIS all time favorite movies too. I hope he likes the site.
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For those poor unfortunate ones who have never had the chance to see the most amazing basketball movie ever, and to get a small taste of what the incredible Dr. J was like in the much-missed ABA, here is some factual stuff from the guys at Wikipedia (original link here):
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is an American sports/fantasy comedy film that was released in 1979. The movie was directed by Gilbert Moses and co-produced by David Dashev and Gary Stromberg. It was produced by Lorimar and distributed by United Artists. The rights to the film are currently owned by Warner Bros. through its 1989 acquisition of Lorimar.
It was filmed on location in Pittsburgh and at Pittsburgh’sCivic Arena as well as suburban Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
The movie has attracted a cult following, most notably for its disco-inspired setting and soundtrack, as well as the appearances of many NBA stars (including lead actorJulius Erving) and early roles for Debbie Allen, Stockard Channing and Harry Shearer. The film also has a cameo by long time Pittsburgh Mayor Richard Caliguiri as himself, hosting the fictional team at a rally and shaking hands with Erving.