— BY, LOIS ELFMAN
A new series on Disney+, “Big Shot,” tells the story of Division I men’s basketball coach Marvyn Korn (played by John Stamos) who loses his job after throwing a chair at a referee. Trying to redeem his reputation, he takes the only job available to him, coach of a girls’ basketball team at an elite private school. He teaches them how to be a more cohesive team—insisting that the team’s top shooter learn how to pass—while he becomes a more empathetic person.
In the casting process, the actresses vying for the lead roles didn’t only have to show their acting chops, but their ability to realistically portray basketball players. One of the team’s starters, Olive Cooper, is portrayed by actress Monique Green, who had not played organized hoops, but does come from a basketball family.