Basketball is fun to watch and all, but for many, the sport is merely the backdrop to a much bigger, more personal issue. With Netflix's The Redeem Team documentary just releasing, we were all reminded how much more goes into these runs at greatness. We saw firsthand how much dedication Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James put into redeeming USA basketball. This documentary told a story that we all thought we knew. That's the beauty of digging deeper and behind the curtain.

From the many all-black teams who met adversity when playing the game during times of segregation to the story of Ben "Benji" Wilson who had his NBA dream cut short by violence, these docs have taught us a life lesson and have inspired us to keep striving. From modern marvels Allen Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, and LeBron James to the GOATs like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Julius Irving, these incredible stories are eye-opening films that help us understand the game and the players who we loved to watch ball better. Here are the Best Basketball Documentaries of All Time.