A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his fathers accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The new kid in town, Josh has no friends and is too shy to try out for the school basketball team. Instead he prefers to practice alone on an abandoned court, he befriends a runaway golden retriever named Buddy. Josh is amazed when he realizes that Buddy loves basketball…that is playing basketball…and he is GOOD! Josh eventually makes the school team and Buddy is named the Team Mascot. Josh and Buddy become the stars of halftime. Buddys half-time talent draws media attention. Unfortunately, when Buddys mean former owner, Norm Snively, comes along with a scheme to cash in on the pups celebrity, it looks like they are going to be separated.