Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers will have no shortage of things binge-watch over the next few years. In addition to the previously announced Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant documentaries, there will also be a nine-part docuseries about the Lakers under the Buss family, according to the team’s governor Jeanie Buss (via the “All the Smoke” podcast):
“We are making a nine-part docuseries about the Lakers starting from when my dad bought the team in ‘79. Very much, I think people enjoyed ‘The Last Dance,’ so we’re going to give the fans what they’re hungry for.
“The docuseries will tell the story, especially in the context of my dad buying the team until we won the championship last year, and how it all weaves together and how my dad had really hoped there would be a day that Magic and I would work together, running the team. It was Magic coming back and standing with me, beside me, that helped me make the changes that were necessary in order to get the team back to being competitive. My dad really saw that.”
To avoid any confusion, Buss clarified that the nine-part docuseries isn’t Adam McKay’s Lakers series:
“That’s something different. There is a series being developed at HBO — a scripted series that we are not involved in — and I really don’t know how they’re going to tell our story if we’re not involved in it.”
Buss didn’t specify when the docuseries will be released or who will be producing it, but the announcement is enough to get excited about. In the years that the Buss family has owned the Lakers, the team has won 11 championships, including five in the last 20 years.
Granted, there have been several documentaries about the Lakers’ many historic teams and the players on the team, but if this docuseries is anything like “The Last Dance,” it will feature never-before-seen footage of the people that made those teams great. It also sounds like it will be chronicling the years before the Lakers signed LeBron James and traded for Anthony Davis, which is deserving of a nine-part docuseries on its own.
But the truth is, we don’t know exactly what’s going to be in the documentary, which makes it all the more appealing. What we can say confidently is that it’s going to have a happy ending.