Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is a highly entertaining adaptation of the “Showtime” era in the Los Angeles Lakers that ran from 1979 to 1990, in which we see debutante “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird compete to be the best.
Directed by Academy Award Winner
Directed by Academy Award winner Adam McKay who has also directed “The Big Short”, “Don’t Look Up” and many other films, he has been given the gigantic job of making the series a successful hit for HBO.
Although some details of the series have been changed for entertainment and narrative reasons, there are some details that could have given the series a more accurate stance, and we will mention a few of them here.
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird’s first confrontation wasn’t quite what it was portrayed
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers continued the competition that began in college basketball, however, when we see them play each other, they combine two different games to make it even more exciting. In fact, it was the first time the two teams met in Los Angeles, and the Lakers won 123 to 105.
Coach McKinney was only in a coma for three days
The accident in which Jack McKinney got into a very difficult health situation, his breaks closed and he hit the pavement at full speed causing a massive concussion that eventually ended in a coma, however, he was only in it for three days, in the show they made it seem longer to confirm his rise And Ihthid to the position of coach.
Change the name of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
On the show, Karim is portrayed as a talented and disciplined individual, with conflicting inner dialogue as a basketball player, Muslim, and African American who deals with racial inequality.
He changed his name from Louis Alcindor to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971 when he converted to Islam, but in the show, they changed it to 3 years before that.