Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the #1 overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with exciting all-star-caliber players, including center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and they were led by the incomparable Pat Riley, known for his slicked-back hair, Armani suits, and arrogant strut. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities lined the court and gorgeous women flocked to the arena. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them.
Episode 4 Recap – “The New World”:
Despite his record-breaking new contract, Earvin continues to butt heads with his teammates – and his domineering coach.
Episode 3 Recap – “The Second Coming”:
In the 1970s, Larry Bird rises from a small-town boy to a position as a sought-after player. Later, Earvin puts pressure on Buss.
Episode 2 LIVE Aftershow:
Episode 2 Recap – “The Magic Is Back”:
Pat and West try to woo a new star after Earvin’s performance is not met with satisfaction. On the other hand, Buss woos characters from his past.
Episode 1 Recap – “One Ring Don’t Make a Dynasty”:
As the Lakers enter a new season, Buss bets big on his players and children; an on-court injury threatens the team’s future.