Dvanajstletni Josh se po očetovi smrti z družino preseli v majhno mestece. Kot novinec nima prijateljev in ne poguma, da bi poskusil priti v šolsko košarkarsko ekipo. Na koš raje meče v osami na nekem zapuščenem igrišču. Potem pa nekega dne naleti na prijaznega psička Buddyja, ki je pobegnil od svojega krutega gospodarja, in se z njim spoprijatelji. Kmalu spozna, da Buddy obožuje košarko, še posebej, kadar lahko žogo potisne v koš. Ko Josh pride v šolsko košarkarsko ekipo, Buddy postane njihova maskota in velika zvezda.
A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's 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. Buddy's half-time talent draws media attention. Unfortunately, when Buddy's mean former owner, Norm Snively, comes along with a scheme to cash in on the pup's celebrity, it looks like they are going to be separated.