Ken Carter, a successful entrepreneur and former college basketball star, returns to his old high school to take on a losing team of kids who have little respect for him and none for themselves. The ensuing elements are reminiscent of "To Sir with Love" and "Dangerous Minds" with a dash of "Bad News Bears" and "Mighty Ducks," yet it is somehow utterly intolerable with its indulgence in inner-city stereotypes, overt preaching and simple antidotes. All the performances are bad, the writing is of Learning Annex ilk, and the directing is surprisingly juvenile, except for the basketball sequences, which are dominated by a score that is absolutely Wagnerian. Starring Samuel L Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Richard, Rick Gonzalez, Nana Gbewonyo, Antwon Tanner, Channing Tatum and Ashanti. Directed by Thomas Carter. Written by Mark Schwahn and John Gatins. Produced by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin and David Gale. A Paramount release. Drama. Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language, teen partying and some drug material. Running time: 136 min.