Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty Debuts On HBO In March

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HBO Max just revealed the release date and character art of their upcoming drama series about the 80s Showtime Lakers, Winning Time.

The Los Angeles Lakers are a premier organizations in the NBA and sports. Multiple Hall Of Famers have played for the historic franchise, including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Jamaal Wilkes, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant. The franchise has also won seventeen NBA World Championships. There have been many notable eras in the Laker’s history, but none will ever compare to the 80s Showtime Era.


 The 1980s Lakers team was one of the greatest dynasties in sports history. That Lakers team was nicknamed Showtime due to their fast pace and exhilarating style of play. The team led by Hall Of Famers Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Lakers to five NBA World Championships. Besides the two Hall of Famers, the front office was another factor that led to the 80s Showtime’s Laker’s colossal success.

General manager Jerry West and owner Jerry Buss were crucial figures in the front office. The upcoming HBO Drama Series Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty will explore that legendary dynasty run. 

Meet The Stars Of Winning Time

Based on the book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s written by Jeff Pearlman, Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty will also delve into the professional and personal lives of the Lakers during that era. The upcoming series will also have a huge ensemble cast. The main stars of Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty include:

John C. Reiley as Jerry Buss

Quincy Isaiah as Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Jason Clarke as Jerry West

Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss

The upcoming series also has a star-studded supporting cast. The supporting cast inlcudes Adrien Brody, Gaby Hoffmann, Tracy Letts, Jason Segel, Julianne Nicholson, DeVaughn Nixon, Tamera Tomakili, Brett Cullen, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Spencer Garrett, Sarah Ramos, Molly Gordon, Joey Brooks, Delante Desouza, Jimel Atkins, Austin Aaron, Jon Young, Austin Aaron, Jon Young, Rob Morgan, and Sally Field. 

Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty will be the first time a dramatized series will be based on the organization. The drama series will consist of ten episodes and premiere on HBO on March 6, 2022. The upcoming series will also be available for streaming on HBO Max


WINNING TIME: THE RISE OF THE LAKERS DYNASTY is a fast-break series about the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined an era, both on and off the court.

The ensemble cast includes: John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, Gaby Hoffmann as Claire Rothman, Tracy Letts as Jack McKinney, Jason Segel as Paul Westhead, Julianne Nicholson as Cranny McKinney, Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss, DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tamera Tomakili as Earleatha “Cookie” Kelly, Brett Cullen as Bill Sharman, Stephen Adly Guirgis as Frank Mariani, and more.

Adam McKay serves as Executive Producer and is also directing the pilot, and joining him from Hyperobject Industries is Executive Producer Kevin Messick. Max Borenstein serves as Showrunner, Executive Producer, Writer, and Co-Creator. Jim Hecht is Executive Producer, Writer, and Co-Creator. Rodney Barnes serves as Executive Producer and Writer. Jason Shuman and Scott Stephens also serve as Executive Producers.

Based on the book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s” written by Jeff Pearlman.

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Source: HBO Max


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