While searching for a missing youth, Detective Goren impresses some street basketball players when he mentions having witnessed "Earl the Goat" in action on their court. The reference is to basketball cult-hero Earl "The Goat" Manigault, who once shot hoops in Rucker Park. See more
It's called grass-roots boosterism - giving the community a team they can be proud of.
Detective Robert Goren
Well, I call it a long-term investment. You recruit the players. You touch their young lives with your "generosity." And then you leave a stain that they carry through their college or professional careers. A taint that you can threaten them with any time you need to shave some points.