While the 2023 NBA Finals may have featured minimal drama, the second season of Winning Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty will scratch the itch for basketball fans. Dropping the first official teaser before its August 7 release on BINGE, hit filmmaker Adam McKay treated viewers to a preview of the war between two rival franchises: the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. Check it out above.
The seven-episode series picks up right after the Lakers’ championship run in 1980 and takes us on a journey through the years to 1984. It culminates in an epic showdown: the first professional rematch between two legendary stars of that era, Magic Johnson played (Quincy Isaiah) and Larry Bird (Sean Patrick Small). As these fierce opponents battle it out on the court for NBA supremacy, season two will further immerse us in the intricate tapestry of the 80s Lakers’ professional and personal lives, exploring the dynamics among the players and the front office.
John C. Reilly, as Lakers eccentric owner Jerry Buss sets the tone for the trailer by proclaiming, “The future of sports is purple and gold”, referring to his highly now accomplished championship-calibre team. However, their dreams of establishing a dominant dynasty are hindered by Larry Bird, a native of Indiana. Bird’s character is portrayed as a formidable adversary, displaying his cold, ruthless nature. In one gripping scene, he calmly instructs Magic to “take a seat and enjoy the show… just for you,” effortlessly sinking his iconic mid-range jump shot.
As depicted in the teaser, the Boston Celtics emerged victorious in the 1981 championship against the Houston Rockets, solidifying their status as formidable contenders against the dominant Lakers dynasty. The escalating tension between these two basketball powerhouses finally culminated in a legendary showdown in the 1984 NBA Finals, etching its place as one of the most iconic moments in league history. Adrien Brody, portraying Lakers head coach Pat Riley, encapsulates the impending clash, declaring, “While we have celebrated our triumphs and earned our rings, none of it holds any significance because it wasn’t earned against them.”
Alongside the stars previously mentioned, season two of Winning Time will see the return of Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Jason Segel as Paul Westhead, Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wood Harris as Spencer Haywood, DeVaugh Nixon as Norm Nixon and Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach.
Winning Time: Rise of the Lakers Dynasty Season 2 premieres Monday, August 7, on BINGE and Fox Showcase at 8.30pm and is available On Demand.
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