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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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.
Some of the best scenes on the premiere episode of "Winning Time" on HBO included Jerry West’s character being livid at the idea of drafting Magic Johnson. How realistic was that, though? And was it actually Jerry Buss who saved the meeting with Magic?
Michael Cooper has a solid case for the Hall of Fame, but it still might be tough for one of the most underrated Lakers ever to make it in.
Kevin Garnett says he wanted to team up with Kobe Bryant on the Lakers before his eventual trade to the Celtics
Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett almost formed the most dominant two-man duo in the NBA.
After storied tenures with the Lakers and Sparks, the latest coaching stop for Michael Cooper is the BIG3.
There will never be another Kobe Bryant. Let’s reminisce about the late Lakers legend along with the rest of the NBA community.
Kobe Bryant showed up to Team USA training camp two days early just to demand to guard the best player on the other team
Yup, that sounds like Kobe all right.
Now, LeBron works with Kidd on the Lakers, Kobe’s old team.
With a handful of Baby Lakers ascending into legitimate NBA semi-stardom, it’s worth remembering where these young standouts started, and who helped the team assemble such an impressive hit rate in the draft.
‘He’s out there to dethrone you’: What LeBron James and Anthony Davis remember about playing against Kobe Bryant
Playing against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers for the first time was an unforgettable moment for an entire generation of NBA players, and LeBron James and Anthony Davis are no exception.
Shaquille O’Neal knows that just like he and Kobe Bryant could never be LeBron and Anthony Davis, AD and ‘Bron could never be him and Kobe. Every pairing is unique.
Lynn Markham and his wife, Cerise Markham, wanted a book about the Lakers to read to their kids. Figuring they weren’t alone in that desire, they decided to write one.
Alex Caruso and Kyle Kuzma are the only members of "the young core" left, and the Lakers wouldn’t have a title without their contributions
How LeBron James studying up on Lakers history helped him build a strong relationship with Jeanie Buss
LeBron James and Jeanie Buss have developed a mutual respect for one another over their time with the Lakers.
Editor’s Note: With the Lakers finally back in the NBA Finals, former Lakers Nation Editor-in-Chief, Silver Screen and Roll alum and Lakers Twitter legend Daniel Buerge had to make a limited-time return to reflect on Lakers fandom and the long road back.
Shaquille O’Neal tried to offer Kobe Bryant some support after his rookie season air balls in the playoffs against the Utah Jazz. The way Bryant responded was an omen about the future of their partnership.
It is not an overstatement to say that the Lakers literally might not exist without Elgin Baylor. That is more than enough reason to appreciate one of the first transcendent NBA players.