Created by: Steven Leckart
Cast: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Pat Riley, Shaquille O’Neal, Phil Jackson
Genre: Documentary, Sport
Number of Seasons: 1
Confronting the many issues former players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson have voiced about Showtime’s series, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers offers a docuseries insight into the famed basketball franchise’s history. Starting off with the 1970s Showtime-era Lakers, and leading up to modern day, interviews with all the famous faces one would expect touch on topics ranging from management to interpersonal team dynamics. The true joy of the series comes from those lesser-known faces though. People like former owner Jerry Buss’ daughters, Jeanie and Janie, as well as sons, Joey and Jesse. Taking you further behind the scenes than any documentary before, these fame-adjacent characters skip the already widely known decisions that have affected the team, and instead talk about events surrounding those decisions. Fascinating tidbits never heard before—like Magic Johnson and Jerry Buss poolside convos, or an argument between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal—make for a basketball doc you won’t want to miss.