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Richard Amardi has a chance to play for the Raptors farm team — a step away from the NBA. But to make it happen, he’ll have to learn to control a wicked temper that’s hobbled his basketball career.

Richard Amardi never shared the pro-basketball dream so many kids on his block had growing up. But by the age of 14, he was 6’2” and better than everyone in his high school league. So the dream found him.

Suddenly, basketball became a ticket out of his world. He caught the attention of scouts across the continent. After bouncing around American junior colleges, he got a chance to play for the Oregon Ducks, one of the NCAA’s top teams. After leaving Oregon, he played in the National Basketball League of Canada, first with the Brampton A’s and later with the Niagara River Lions. 

But Richard had a problem. His wicked temper and “don’t disrespect me” attitude led to game ejections and eventually caused him to be released from every team he played for. He got a reputation as a troublemaker. No one wanted to touch him.

Now, with handful of years left to realize his dream, Richard is determined to turn things around. He’s embarked on a personal rebranding campaign. He’s giving back to his community and learning to manage his anger. 

It seems to be paying off. He’s been invited to training camp with the Raptors 905, the Toronto Raptors farm team.If Richard proves his talent and his character, he could be coached by two-time NBA All Star Jerry Stackhouse.

This is the closest he’s ever been to making the NBA.

Player Zero follows a larger-than-life character during the most most important season of his life, and reveals a young man determined to struggle and transform for a dream.

Credits (Click to expand)

Player Zero: 
Richard Amardi

Directed by:
Sherien Barsoum

Produced by:
Sherien Barsoum
Byron Kent Wong

Creative Director:
Byron Kent Wong

Cinematography by:
Justin Lovell

Edited by:
Max Attwood

Music Composed by:
1000 Blackbirds Fall from the Sky

Production Manager:
Jordan Holt

Sound Operator:
Guin Won

Additional Camera Operators:
Kejd Kuqo
Richard Liani

Post production facility:
Iron Bay Media : ZERO11ZERO

Online Editor:
Kejd Kuqo

Colour by:
Frame Discreet

Post Audio by:
Iron Bay Audio

Sound Design by:
Roger Sader

Graphic Designer:
MIchael Lylloff

Legal Services:
Hall Webber LLP

Thank you for sharing your journey
Richard Amardi
Maxwell Amardi
Elizabeth Amardi
Olivia Amardi
Crystal Amardi

Special thanks to:
Jerry Stackhouse
Stefano Toniutti
John Wiggins

Additional thanks to:
National Basketball Association
MLSE
Raptors 905
G League
The Sandman Hotel
Hershey Centre
National Basketball League of Canada

Produced in association with:
Iron Bay Media

Produced in Association with CBC

General Manager, Programming:
Sally Catto

Executive Director, Unscripted Content:
Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director, Documentary:
Sandra Kleinfeld

Director of Production, Unscripted Content:
Alexandra Lane

Executive In Charge of Production, CBC Docs:
Lesley Birchard