New docu-series about the Showtime Lakers
HBO and Hulu recently announced the new series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty," about the legendary Showtime Los Angeles Lakers and how this team became one of the most iconic squads in the history of the NBA. This will be a different type of sports docu-series than some of the ones we've seen before, and many fans are excited to see what the storyline will look like.
However, one of the most important players and actors during that era Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is not happy with nee series. Kareem was interviewed by Matthew Belloni of Puck, discussing his displeasure with the series.
Kareem is not happy about the concept
"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. Because we know exactly what happened."
The first trailer was released earlier last week, and it will feature quite a few notable stars. Solomon Hughes will play Kareem, Jason Clarke is featured as Jerry West, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, and John C.Reily will portray the late great owner Jerry Buss.
The displeasure with the new docu-series probably lies in the fact Kareem hoped for a different concept. He probably thought it would be similar to The Last Dance, where the players themselves share the story about certain events that happened during that era.
The only thing that remains is to sit back and watch the first episode to see what the concept will look like and will it be any good. Maybe Kareem himself will change his mind, but there is no question this docu-series will find its audience, especially among the numerous Lakers fans worldwide. We live in an era of great documentaries, so it's important to give this one a chance and see if it will bring a different and exciting angle to a dynasty that ruled the NBA for over a decade.