Famed NBA couple Phil Jackson and fiancee/Lakers senior vice-president Jeanie Buss are taking their court-side drama and behind-the-scenes insight to the television. They, along with former Lakers great/current Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis and his wife Linda Showtime is developing a new scripted drama that will focus on the management of a family-owned professional basketball team. Sound familiar? According to Variety’s Brian Steinber:
Ron Shelton, the creative talent behind such noted sports movies as “Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” will write, direct and exec produce the project. […]
In an interview, Buss said her experiences working with the Lakers as well as managing events, would inform the stories told in the potential series. “We’ve seen so much, the things that go on behind the scenes,” she said. “We go to events and people ask us a lot of questions about what they don’t see. They know the game. They see the game, but they don’t really know what leads up to getting the team on the court.” Most people “don’t know what makes a championship season or what it’s like to go through a losing season.”
The chance to work on the project came together after Buss and others were able to meet with Shelton, she said. “He is someone that understands a good sports story, and we just really clicked,” she said.
With the combined experience of the group it does make sense, though I hope it lends itself to a decent story line and good characters. While Jackson, Buss and Rambis certainly have stories to tell, it will be interesting to see if any Lakers drama “leaks” into the story line. They’re still in the very early stages of development and I have high hopes for something good.
That’s more than I ca say for the Lakers.
What do you think?
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