Everyone is excited to watch HBO's upcoming mini-series on the Showtime Lakers. Everyone but Magic Johnson.
"I’m not looking forward to it"
TMZ caught up with the basketball icon and centerpiece of one of the greatest NBA teams ever to hear his thoughts on the forthcoming series set to release in March. It turns out, the Lakers legend won't be tuning in to watch it.
I’m not looking forward to it. I’ll leave it at that.
Magic Johnson, TMZ
Johnson, who led the Lakers to five championships in the 80s, alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, went on to explain he's more excited about similar projects that he's involved with. “We got different shows coming out,” he said. “I got one, then you got Jeanie Buss got one on Showtime coming out. Those are the ones I’m looking forward to.”
Kareem said the same thing about the series
Apple TV+ recently announced a new documentary series that will chronicle Magic's life as well as his career. The other, according to Johnson, was produced by Emmy-winning director Antoine Fuqua with the blessing from the Lakers' CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss. The series is set to debut on Hulu in 2022.
Following Michael Jordan's example with The Last Dance, Magic wants to be in charge of telling the story he's lived through. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared the same sentiment, showing his displeasure with HBO's project.
“While I respect other artists’ rights to choose their subjects, I think the story of the Showtime Lakers is best told by those who actually lived through it," he said. "Because we know exactly what happened.”
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty stars John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, Jason Segel as Paul Westhead, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rob Morgan as Earvin Johnson Sr., and many more.
Despite Kareem's and Magic's complaints, there are enough reasons to tune in and give this one a chance. The fact the two of them are not excited about doesn't diminish the series' entertainment potential. Other projects Magic mentioned might as well be better. But what NBA fan is going to say no to a docu-series about the Showtime Lakers and not even give it a chance? I sure won't.