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Winning Time: Dr. Buss’ divorce, Jeanie Buss spilling secrets and Linda and Kurt Rambis

As enthralling as the season finale of "Winning Time" on the court during the 1984 NBA Finals, the off-court drama with Dr. Jerry Buss, Jeanie and Linda and Kurt Rambis was equally enticing.

Winning Time: How heated were the 1984 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics?

After years of circling one another in the early 1980s, the Celtics and Lakers finally met in the Finals in 1984 in one of the most memorable showdowns in league history.

Winning Time: How did the Lakers react to losing 1983 NBA Finals?

Despite three Finals appearances in four years, the Lakers has plenty of changes to make after losing to the Sixers in the 1983 NBA Finals.

Winning Time: Was Pat Riley really an instant success with the Lakers?

After one of the wildest days in Lakers history, Pat Riley took over the Lakers and was almost immediately an instant success.

Winning Time: How much did Paul Westhead and Magic Johnson hate each other?

After an implosion in the 1981 playoffs, things only worsened heading into the next season as Magic Johnson and Paul Westhead became the focus of ire from the Lakers.

Winning Time: How bad did things get with the Lakers after 1981 playoff collapse?

After an incredible collapse in the 1980-81 season, the Lakers tried to pick up the pieces and figure out how things went wrong in the offseason.

Jeanie Buss credits ‘Winning Time’ for attention to detail with Dr. Jerry Buss

For all the complaints the show has received, Jeanie Buss credited "Winning Time" for it’s attention to detail when it came to her late father, Dr. Jerry Buss.

Winning Time: The Lakers ‘circus’ of a 1980-81 season

After winning a title in 1980, the Lakers had anything but a successful title defense the following season as things went awfully awry.

Highlights from Pau Gasol’s perfect Hall of Fame induction speech

Pau Gasol showcased the qualities that made him so beloved as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight.

Pau Gasol didn’t make the Lakers great on his own. That’s what made him perfect

Pau Gasol was a perfect fit for the Lakers at a perfect time, seamlessly slotting in to help the team to championships. He was a version of stars who came before, but one with his own unique, generous flair that led him to Hall of Fame enshrinement.

Winning Time: Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s rocky start together

Pitted against one another in "Winning Time," were Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar really at odds early in their time together as Lakers?

Winning Time: Magic Johnson’s wild ride in sophomore season with Lakers

After leading the Lakers to a title, Magic Johnson had a wild second season in Los Angeles, detailed in the season two premiere of "Winning Time."

A Dip in the Lake: The Lakers’ playoff history vs. the Nuggets

A look back at the playoff history between the Lakers and the Nuggets

A Dip In The Lake: The Lakers playoff history versus the Warriors

A look back at the past matchups of the Lakers and the Warriors in the NBA playoffs.

LeBron James becomes NBA’s all-time leading scorer

After over 30 years on top, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been passed as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history by LeBron James.

The origins of ‘1-2-3 Cancun!’, explained

One of the most infamous sayings around the NBA has its origins within the Lakers at the foundation of one of their best teams in franchise history.

LeBron James appears primed to put up the best 20th season in NBA history

Assuming good health on Oct. 18th’s Opening Night of the 2022-23 NBA season, LeBron James will become just the 10th player in league history to appear in 20 different seasons.

Jack McKinney’s family thanked ‘Winning Time’ co-creator for giving him his due for Showtime Lakers

The true architect of the dynasty that would come, Jack McKinney received his credit during season one of "Winning Time," something his family showed appreciation for.

Winning Time: Magic Johnson’s historic Game 6 performance in the 1980 NBA Finals

Every NBA legend has their magnum opus on the basketball court. For Magic Johnson, that moment came during the NBA Finals of his rookie season to clinch the title, all of which is the subject of the season finale of HBO’s "Winning Time."

Winning Time: Are Jeanie Buss and Jack McKinney’s portrayals accurate?

Both Jack McKinney and Jeanie Buss have been constants in "Winning Time," but how accurate have their portrayals been as the show gets close to wrapping up its first season?

Winning Time: Did Spencer Haywood really get kicked off the Lakers for drug use?

As the Showtime Lakers experienced great success, forward Spencer Haywood was spiraling downward, as shown in the latest episode of "Winning Time," which showcased his drug issues and a very real murder plot.

Winning Time: How awkward did things really get between Paul Westhead and Jack McKinney?

The seemingly inevitable showdown between Paul Westhead and Jack McKinney in this week’s "Winning Time" actually was entirely avoidable because it never really happened.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar blasts ‘Winning Time’ for ‘shallowness and lazy writing’

The latest criticism of "Winning Time" comes from as direct a source as possible, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar blasting the series for a litany of reasons.

Contrary to the ‘Winning Time’ portrayal, Paul Westhead was an instant success with Lakers

While "Winning Time" may have portrayed Paul Westhead’s first season with the Lakers as a struggle, the reality was anything but, as he found instant success in charge.

Winning Time: How Paul Westhead really prepared to be Lakers coach

Paul Westhead was more experienced as a head coach than "Winning Time" gives him credit for, but stepping in for his "brother" Jack McKinney with the Lakers was still a difficult process.

Winning Time: Did Jack McKinney really have a bike wreck like that?

Fact-checking the latest episode of HBO’s "Winning Time," from that shocking ending with Jack McKinney, to Jerry Buss and the Forum Club, and those Paula Abdul and Kobe Bryant easter eggs.

Winning Time: But really, who the heck was Jack McKinney?

Many fans know about Pat Riley and Paul Westhead, but the latest episode of "Winning Time" details the Lakers coach that preceded both of them: Jack McKinney.

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Winning Time: Fact-checking HBO’s series on the Showtime Lakers

The latest must-see series from HBO centers on the Lakers franchise, and the league’s most famous era of basketball in Showtime. But how much of the drama series is based in reality? We’ll be fact-checking it each week.

Winning Time: A deeper look at the debut of Lakers icon Pat Riley

Known as an uber-confident leader of men, the third episode of "Winning Time" showed a much different version of Pat Riley before his Lakers coaching days

Winning Time: How close was Jerry Tarkanian to signing with the Lakers?

Episode three of "Winning Time" included Jerry Buss’ very real pursuit of UNLV’s Jerry Tarkanian as the next Lakers head coach, and led to raised eyebrows with its portrayal of Chick Hearn.

Winning Time: Was Jerry West really like this?

One of the over-arching storylines of the second episode of "Winning Time" was Jerry West’s childhood and his battles with depression. Was it an accurate portrayal of how West really acted while with the Lakers?

Why don’t the Lakers have a mascot?

The Lakers are one of only a small handful of NBA teams to not have a mascot, though they’ve had some unofficial or potential candidates along the way.


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