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Bill Russell, Boston Celtics Legend and the NBA’s Ultimate Winner, Dies at 88

Off the court, he was a champion for civil rights: "He represented things that were right while he had something to lose."

Former L.A. Laker Slava Medvedenko Auctions NBA Title Rings for Ukraine

Former Los Angeles Lakers player Slava Medvedenko is selling his two NBA championship rings to raise money for his native Ukraine. Medvedenko was a power forward on the Lakers’ championship teams in 2001 and ’02, playing alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. SCP Auctions is donating the entire final sale price of both rings to […]

HBO Fires Back After Jerry West Criticism: ‘Winning Time’ Is “Based on Extensive Factual Research” (Exclusive)

Winning Time debuted in early March with a disclaimer splashed across the screen: The HBO series is “a dramatization of certain facts and events.” It was supposed to provide a bit of cover. Seven weeks later, former Los Angeles Lakers coach and general manager Jerry West, depicted in the series by actor Jason Clarke, fired […]

Jerry West’s Lawyers Demand Retraction From HBO Over ‘Winning Time’ Depiction

Jerry West’s legal team wants an apology and retraction for his portrayal in HBO’s Los Angeles Lakers-focused series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. In a statement that was sent to the network, Warner Bros. Discovery and executive producer Adam McKay and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, representatives for the former Lakers player, […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Criticizes ‘Winning Time’ for “Crude Stick-Figure” Characters

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finally weighed in on Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty — and he is not a fan, to say the least. The NBA living legend, actor and activist took apart the HBO series in a Tuesday Substack blog post he titled “Winning Time Isn’t Just Deliberately Dishonest, It’s Drearily Dull.” Abdul-Jabbar, […]

‘Winning Time’ Actor Rob Morgan Talks Real-Life Bond With Screen Son Quincy Isaiah and a Moment That Wowed HBO Brass

[The following story contains spoilers from the Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty episode, “Invisible Man.”] Rob Morgan has arguably one of the best scenes in Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty thus far. It is a moment in this week’s episode “Invisible Man” where his character, Earvin Johnson Sr., and […]

‘Winning Time’ Star Jason Segel on Series Pushback: “The Show Is Made With a Ton of Love”

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty episode six, “Memento Mori.”] Jason Segel gets it. When a project is based on actual people, there is going to be some level of pushback by the subjects or those who know them. And Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty […]

Lakers Series ‘Winning Time’ Renewed for Second Season at HBO

The real-life Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs earlier this week, but their fictionalized, 1980s counterparts are advancing. HBO has renewed its series about the Showtime-era Lakers, Winning Time, for a second season. The pickup comes midway through the show’s first season, which chronicles Jerry Buss (John C. Reilly) purchasing the team […]

‘Winning Time’ Co-Creator on That Shocking and “Absolutely True” Unsolved Event in Episode 3

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for episode three, “The Best Is Yet to Come,” of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.] Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty co-creator Jim Hecht is confident a lot of viewers hopped on Google at the end of the most recent episode to see if that […]

Guest Column: ‘Winning Time’ Is “Campy, Mean-Spirited Fiction”

The late novelist and screenwriter Gore Vidal observed that it’s not what things are that matter so much as how they are perceived. The media supplies stories that the public accepts, at times literally, as the gospel truth. Through eye and ear, Vidal said, we are both defined and manipulated by fictions of such potency […]

‘Winning Time’ Actor Michael Chiklis Takes Great Pride in HBO Series Being Bigger Than Basketball

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty episode two, “Is That All There Is?”]  Michael Chiklis hopes viewers walk away from Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty with a greater appreciation of history for what was the 1980s rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the […]

‘Winning Time’ Team on Portraying Iconic Lakers and Awaiting Magic Johnson’s Reaction

Winning Time officially kicked off in Los Angeles on Wednesday, with the 1980s-set Lakers drama taking over downtown’s Ace Theatre for the HBO drama’s world premiere. The show stars John C. Reilly as team owner Dr. Jerry Buss and follows the franchise’s rapid rise after drafting Magic Johnson, teaming him up with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and […]