Season 2 of HBO's 'Winning Time' Might Continue to Enrage Lakers Legends (2022)

After two months and 10 unpredictable episodes, HBO's hit series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty ended in a dramatic fashion fitting for such a polarizing season. By the end of Season 1, Jerry Buss's (John C. Reilly) mother, Jessie Buss (Sally Field), passed away, former Los Angels Laker Spencer Haywood (Wood Harris) stopped his assassination attempt on the team, Jeanie Buss (Hadley Robinson) became more disillusioned with her father's debaucherous antics, and, most importantly, the Lakers hoisted up their first NBA title in eight years. Season 1 was a series of shocking retellings of history that pissed off a bunch of Lakers legends, and there is no doubt Season 2 will be much of the same.

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Created by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht, and executive produced by Adam McKay, Winning Time is based on Jeff Pearlman's book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Season 1 barely scratched the surface of what the book covers, only chronicling one year of the Showtime Lakers' dynastic decade. Yet, it was enough to enrage many of the actual living Lakers its characters are based on. Jerry West has demanded an apology and retraction from HBO and Winning Time's production team. The indomitable Kareem Abdul-Jabar dismissively described the show as "deliberately dishonest" and "drearily dull." Magic Johnson vowed to never watch Winning Time because of its inaccuracy and lack of input from the Lakers organization. If they felt disrespected by Johnson being depicted as a womanizing egomaniac, West as a short-tempered control freak, and Abdul-Jabar as a stoic dictator who would tell a child to "fuck off," then they're likely going to boycott what comes next in the Winning Time story.

Season 1 begins with Johnson leaving the doctor's office in 1991, likely after his positive HIV diagnosis, but Season 1 doesn't get to it. We don't get to see the perpetually happy Johnson brawling on the court with Phoenix Suns player Kevin Johnson or the zen-like Abdul-Jabar putting Denver Nuggets Danny Schayes in a headlock on the court. Jerry Buss was once sued for $25 million by a woman who claimed he promised to take care of her for the rest of her life.

There is a lot more for Lakers legends to be pissed about if HBO decides to bring Winning Time back for a second season.

Will there be a second season of Winning Time?

HBO wasted little time assuring us there would be more Winning Time when it renewed the show for a second season on April 7, days after the fifth episode aired. There's no surprise HBO wants to stay in the faux Showtime Lakers business after the show steadily began attracting a wider audience. The fifth episode drew 1.2 million viewers across all platforms on its premiere night, a 37% increase from the series premiere. By the show's seventh week on air, the series premiere's viewership had ballooned from 900,000 on opening night to close to seven million, according to HBO reporting to Variety.

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What will Season 2 of Winning Time be about?

With Season 1 ending at the inception of the Lakers' 1980s dynasty following the team heroically winning the 1980 NBA championship, Winning Time's season seems all but locked to take us into the dynasty's later years. Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President at HBO Programming, confirmed as much during the Season 2 renewal announcement when they said, "We can’t wait to see how this team will tell the next chapter of this dynasty.” The team Orsi referred to includes Winning Time executive producer and showrunner Max Borenstein, who has given the only public tidbits about the upcoming season.

Speaking with Deadline following the Season 1 finale, Borenstein stated Season 2 would be told at roughly the same pace as Season 1, which chronicled the approximately 12 months between Buss purchasing the Lakers and the Lakers winning the 1980 NBA Finals. Borenstein believes "there’s a lot of transitional stuff that starts to happen in that next season" involving Lakers head coach Westhead and assistant coach Riley. Westhead was fired as Lakers head coach 11 games into the 1981-1982 season after the defending champions were eliminated from the 1981 NBA Playoffs by the Houston Rockets. Riley replaced Westhead, but not before the sort of Showtime drama made for TV. Westhead was relieved of his duties on November 19, 1981, a day after Johnson publicly demanded to be traded, citing differences with Westhead as a reason. It was later revealed by players like Norm Nixon that Westhead's isolation style of play worked against the team's fastbreak offense that led to their 1980 title.

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Borenstein also stated Season 2 of Winning Time would focus on a "struggle Magic has that next year, and Jerry West’s next step in the direction of becoming the general manager." In the 1980-1981 season, following the Lakers title run, Buss named West the offensive coach after the former Lakers' head coach declined Buss's offer to take his old job back following Westhead's firing. Winning Time's first season proved the show could find drama gold in the sort of events that transpired in the year between the start of the 1980-1981 and 1981-1982 seasons.

The temperamental Riley didn't find out he would be the head coach until two hours before the press conference announcing Westhead's firing, likely inducing the type of enraged anxiety he exhibited in Season 1 when he was unsure if Jack McKinney's return to the team before the 1980 NBA Playoffs meant Riley was going to lose his job. Likewise, the same Magic Johnson who tied much of his identity to being universally adored in Season 1 was booed by the home crowd at The Forum in the first game after Westhead's firing. Back then, fans believed Johnson's self-centered trade demand was why the Lakers lost the coach who brought them their only NBA title in close to a decade at the time. Also, in a bit of storybook irony, Johnson will be watching arch-nemesis Bird win his first NBA title, as Bird did at the end of Season 1.

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If Season 1 was a look into the reinvention of the Lakers, Season 2 appears to be about the difficulty of fitting everyone into the team's new identity while trying not to be blinded from their ultimate goals by the spotlight.

Who will be in Season 2 of Winning Time?

Given Borenstein's comments, it's a safe bet most of the core cast from Season 1 will run it back in Season 2. That includes Buss (John C. Reilly), Johnson (Quincy Isaiah), Claire Rothman (Gabby Hoffman), West (Jason Clarke), Riley (Adrian Brody), Abdul-Jabbar (Solomon Hughes), Westhead (Jason Segel), and Jeanie Buss (Hadley Robinson). Since Season 2 will likely chronicle the 1980-1981 season, Season 1 favorites Norm Nixon (DeVaughn Nixon) and Michael Cooper (Delante Desouza) will likely return. And the feud between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics—namely Johnson vs. Bird— was the marquee rivalry for the 1980s. So, Bird (Sean Patrick Small) and Celtics' ornery general manager Red Auerbach (Michael Chiklis) will terrorize the sunshine state's jewels for years to come.

A new season will mean the likely exit of former mainstays. Wood Harris, who plays the struggling Spencer Haywood, delivered some of the most captivating acting performances of the first season but may not appear in Season 2 since Haywood was overseas playing with the Italian professional basketball team the Reyer Venezia the season following the Lakers' title win in 1980. Jessie Buss's (Sally Fields) motherly tough love will more than likely be absent from Season 2 for obvious, heartbreaking reasons.

There will also be new faces joining the series. The Lakers were eliminated from the first round of the 1981 NBA Playoffs by a Houston Rockets team led by a dominant force named Moses Malone. So, expect to see Big Mo on your screen in Season 2.

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When will Season 2 of Winning Time come out?

No one knows yet, since it's unlikely any of Season 2 has been shot at this time.

However, it's hard to argue Season 1's appeal was partly due to it airing during the end of the NBA season, and the start of the NBA Playoffs, when the drama in the Association is at its most feverish, and fans are salivating for any basketball action. With that in mind, don't be surprised if the Winning Time Lakers return to your TV screens in March 2023, just as the real-life Lakers are making a push for the team's 18th title.

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HBO's 'Winning Time' concluded Season 1 with the 1980 NBA Finals Game 6 victory by the Los Angeles Lakers, and has more controversy to delve into for Season 2.

After two months and 10 unpredictable episodes, HBO's hit series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty ended in a dramatic fashion fitting for such a polarizing season.. By the end of Season 1, Jerry Buss 's (John C. Reilly) mother, Jessie Buss (Sally Field), passed away, former Los Angels Laker Spencer Haywood (Wood Harris) stopped his assassination attempt on the team, Jeanie Buss (Hadley Robinson) became more disillusioned with her father's debaucherous antics, and, most importantly, the Lakers hoisted up their first NBA title in eight years.. Season 1 was a series of shocking retellings of history that pissed off a bunch of Lakers legends, and there is no doubt Season 2 will be much of the same.. There is a lot more for Lakers legends to be pissed about if HBO decides to bring Winning Time back for a second season.. HBO wasted little time assuring us there would be more Winning Time when it renewed the show for a second season on April 7 , days after the fifth episode aired.. With Season 1 ending at the inception of the Lakers' 1980s dynasty following the team heroically winning the 1980 NBA championship, Winning Time 's season seems all but locked to take us into the dynasty's later years.. Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President at HBO Programming, confirmed as much during the Season 2 renewal announcement when they said, "We can’t wait to see how this team will tell the next chapter of this dynasty.” The team Orsi referred to includes Winning Time executive producer and showrunner Max Borenstein, who has given the only public tidbits about the upcoming season.. Speaking with Deadline following the Season 1 finale, Borenstein stated Season 2 would be told at roughly the same pace as Season 1, which chronicled the approximately 12 months between and the Lakers winning the 1980 NBA Finals.. In the 1980-1981 season, following the Lakers title run, Buss named West the offensive coach after the former Lakers' head coach declined Buss's offer to take his old job back following Westhead's firing.. Winning Time 's first season proved the show could find drama gold in the sort of events that transpired in the year between the start of the 1980-1981 and 1981-1982 seasons.. If Season 1 was a look into the reinvention of the Lakers, Season 2 appears to be about the difficulty of fitting everyone into the team's new identity while trying not to be blinded from their ultimate goals by the spotlight.. Since Season 2 will likely chronicle the 1980-1981 season, Season 1 favorites Norm Nixon (DeVaughn Nixon) and Michael Cooper (Delante Desouza) will likely return.. Wood Harris, who plays the struggling Spencer Haywood, delivered some of the most captivating acting performances of the first season but may not appear in Season 2 since Haywood was overseas playing with the Italian professional basketball team the Reyer Venezia the season following the Lakers' title win in 1980.. However, it's hard to argue Season 1's appeal was partly due to it airing during the end of the NBA season, and the start of the NBA Playoffs, when the drama in the Association is at its most feverish, and fans are salivating for any basketball action.

HBO's 'Winning Time' concluded Season 1 with the 1980 NBA Finals Game 6 victory by the Los Angeles Lakers, and has more controversy to delve into for Season 2.

After two months and 10 unpredictable episodes, HBO's hit series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty ended in a dramatic fashion fitting for such a polarizing season.. By the end of Season 1, Jerry Buss 's (John C. Reilly) mother, Jessie Buss (Sally Field), passed away, former Los Angels Laker Spencer Haywood (Wood Harris) stopped his assassination attempt on the team, Jeanie Buss (Hadley Robinson) became more disillusioned with her father's debaucherous antics, and, most importantly, the Lakers hoisted up their first NBA title in eight years.. Season 1 was a series of shocking retellings of history that pissed off a bunch of Lakers legends, and there is no doubt Season 2 will be much of the same.. There is a lot more for Lakers legends to be pissed about if HBO decides to bring Winning Time back for a second season.. HBO wasted little time assuring us there would be more Winning Time when it renewed the show for a second season on April 7 , days after the fifth episode aired.. With Season 1 ending at the inception of the Lakers' 1980s dynasty following the team heroically winning the 1980 NBA championship, Winning Time 's season seems all but locked to take us into the dynasty's later years.. Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President at HBO Programming, confirmed as much during the Season 2 renewal announcement when they said, "We can’t wait to see how this team will tell the next chapter of this dynasty.” The team Orsi referred to includes Winning Time executive producer and showrunner Max Borenstein, who has given the only public tidbits about the upcoming season.. Speaking with Deadline following the Season 1 finale, Borenstein stated Season 2 would be told at roughly the same pace as Season 1, which chronicled the approximately 12 months between and the Lakers winning the 1980 NBA Finals.. In the 1980-1981 season, following the Lakers title run, Buss named West the offensive coach after the former Lakers' head coach declined Buss's offer to take his old job back following Westhead's firing.. Winning Time 's first season proved the show could find drama gold in the sort of events that transpired in the year between the start of the 1980-1981 and 1981-1982 seasons.. If Season 1 was a look into the reinvention of the Lakers, Season 2 appears to be about the difficulty of fitting everyone into the team's new identity while trying not to be blinded from their ultimate goals by the spotlight.. Since Season 2 will likely chronicle the 1980-1981 season, Season 1 favorites Norm Nixon (DeVaughn Nixon) and Michael Cooper (Delante Desouza) will likely return.. Wood Harris, who plays the struggling Spencer Haywood, delivered some of the most captivating acting performances of the first season but may not appear in Season 2 since Haywood was overseas playing with the Italian professional basketball team the Reyer Venezia the season following the Lakers' title win in 1980.. However, it's hard to argue Season 1's appeal was partly due to it airing during the end of the NBA season, and the start of the NBA Playoffs, when the drama in the Association is at its most feverish, and fans are salivating for any basketball action.. With that in mind, don't be surprised if the Winning Time Lakers return to your TV screens in March 2023, just as the real-life Lakers are making a push for the team's 18th title.

After two months and 10 unpredictable episodes, HBO's hit series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty ended in a dramatic fashion fitting for such a polarizing season. By the end of Season 1, Jerry Buss's (John C. Reilly) mother, Jessie Buss (Sally Field), passed away, former Los Angels Lake...

By the end of Season 1, Jerry Buss's (John C. Reilly) mother, Jessie Buss (Sally Field), passed away, former Los Angels Laker Spencer Haywood (Wood Harris) stopped his assassination attempt on the team, Jeanie Buss (Hadley Robinson) became more disillusioned with her father's debaucherous antics, and, most importantly, the Lakers hoisted up their first NBA title in eight years.. Season 1 was a series of shocking retellings of history that pissed off a bunch of Lakers legends, and there is no doubt Season 2 will be much of the same.. Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Created by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht, and executive produced by Adam McKay, Winning Time is based on Jeff Pearlman's book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.. There is a lot more for Lakers legends to be pissed about if HBO decides to bring Winning Time back for a second season.. HBO wasted little time assuring us there would be more Winning Time when it renewed the show for a second season on April 7 , days after the fifth episode aired.. With Season 1 ending at the inception of the Lakers' 1980s dynasty following the team heroically winning the 1980 NBA championship, Winning Time 's season seems all but locked to take us into the dynasty's later years.. Westhead was fired as Lakers head coach 11 games into the 1981-1982 season after the defending champions were eliminated from the 1981 NBA Playoffs by the Houston Rockets.. It was later revealed by players like Norm Nixon that Westhead's isolation style of play worked against the team's fastbreak offense that led to their 1980 title.. Borenstein also stated Season 2 of Winning Time would focus on a "struggle Magic has that next year, and Jerry West’s next step in the direction of becoming the general manager.". In the 1980-1981 season, following the Lakers title run, Buss named West the offensive coach after the former Lakers' head coach declined Buss's offer to take his old job back following Westhead's firing.. Winning Time 's first season proved the show could find drama gold in the sort of events that transpired in the year between the start of the 1980-1981 and 1981-1982 seasons.. Back then, fans believed Johnson's self-centered trade demand was why the Lakers lost the coach who brought them their only NBA title in close to a decade at the time.. Also, in a bit of storybook irony, Johnson will be watching arch-nemesis Bird win his first NBA title, as Bird did at the end of Season 1.. With that in mind, don't be surprised if the Winning Time Lakers return to your TV screens in March 2023, just as the real-life Lakers are making a push for the team's 18th title.

The HBO basketball drama, 'Winning Time,' has been confirmed for another season. Here's what we know so far.

When Winning Time debuted back in March, it was already clear that HBO's chronicle of the "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers had a big story to tell.. Now that the first season is wrapped up, it looks like Winning Time will have plenty of time to explore basketball history.. Yes, Winning Time was renewed by HBO for a second season back in April 2021, after the first five episodes aired.. However, HBO shows, particularly ones with big casts like Westworld or McKay's other hit Succession , can take a little longer to come back between seasons.. Since Winning Time just wrapped Season 1 and production hasn't started on Season 2, it will be a while before we see a trailer.. Given how important certain key figures are to the real story, most of the Winning Time cast will be returning for Season 2.. There will be some figures from Season 1 you won't see much of in the future season.. Jerry Buss's mother, Jesse, died at the end of Season 1, so Sally Field will most likely not appear in Season 2.. Tracy Letts , who played Coach Jack McKinney, will also be more of a one-season character.. The first season ended with the Lakers winning the national title in 1980, setting the stage for the dynasty years to come.. In an in-depth interview with Deadline , co-creator Max Borenstien spoke at length about his potential plans for the future of the show, indicating that the writers won't be making any significant time jumps to speed up the story.. Could Winning Time continue for six or seven seasons?

HBOAs dismal as the Los Angeles Lakers’ current 2021-2022 campaign, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is guaranteed to turn the stomachs of not only Boston Celtics fans, but anyone hoping for more than an egregiously cartoonish and ham-fisted hagiography executed with all the subtlety of a no-look pass to the nuts. Corny, superficial and severely full of itself, HBO’s eight-part series (March 6) wants to be both an unabashed celebration and a complicated study of flawed characters. Ho

As dismal as the Los Angeles Lakers’ current 2021-2022 campaign, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is guaranteed to turn the stomachs of not only Boston Celtics fans, but anyone hoping for more than an egregiously cartoonish and ham-fisted hagiography executed with all the subtlety of a no-look pass to the nuts.. However, in the hands of creators Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht, and executive producer and director Adam McKay ( Don’t Look Up ), it plays as a fictionalized fanboy take on a beloved franchise, marked by mounds of obvious exposition, unbearably cringe-worthy aesthetics, and a steady stream of literal winking at the camera that’s then embellished by cutesy “ding!” sound effects.. Based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime , the show does almost nothing right in recounting the first two-thirds of the Lakers’ 1979-1980 season—and yes, the fact that it doesn’t even get all the way through Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s (Quincy Isaiah) rookie year is one of its many issues (ESPN’s 10-episode Chicago Bulls docuseries The Last Dance is downright efficient by comparison).. Unfortunately, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty ’s clumsy style doesn’t end there.. At the center of its story is Dr. Jerry Buss ( John C. Reilly ), a real-estate magnate who sets out to buy and revitalize the Lakers franchise by turning it into a reflection of himself: an accomplished but sleazy horndog whose favorite pastimes are touting his own greatness, sticking it to any and all adversaries, and sleeping with as many Playboy Playmates as the day will allow.. Buss’ partner in achieving that dream is Magic, the Michigan State phenom whose big smile and flashy play are central to the Lakers’ ‘80s DNA.. As with Buss, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty fawns over Magic, portrayed by Isaiah as a gregarious showman who’s rightly convinced that he’s special.. Parental issues are everywhere in Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty , not only with Buss (whose cherished mom is a handful) and Magic (whose mother is a judgmental ball-breaker), but also with Pat Riley ( Adrien Brody ), here imagined as a stork-like doofus still smarting over his mean daddy and eager to get his foot in the door as a coach.. He does, eventually, courtesy of Paul Westhead (Jason Segel), who becomes a Lakers assistant once the team hires strategic genius Jack McKinney (Tracy Letts) as its head coach and takes over that lead position once McKinney suffers a terrible bike accident.. Brody is stuck playing an embarrassing clown; in that respect, he’s in fine company, since just about everyone else is as well, be it Rory Cochrane as UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, Segel as namby-pamby Westhead, or Sean Patrick Small as Larry Bird and Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach, all of them reduced to coarse Halloween-costumed caricatures—which is in keeping with drama that stages every dilemma and conflict for maximum one-dimensional campiness.. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty posits Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Solomon Hughes) as a learned man whose antisocial sullenness is a byproduct of racial and religious discrimination (his conversion to Islam is presented, in flashback, as a response to a white cop killing a Black kid, for ideal timeliness).. The series’ greatest contempt, however, is reserved for Lakers legend Jerry West ( Jason Clarke ), who’s presented as a Looney Tunes-ish rageaholic so mad about his professional failures (most of them to the Celtics) that he never stops throwing insane man-child tantrums.. So awful is Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty that this is the conclusion of my review, and I’ve barely mentioned that its gameplay action is monotonous and phony (it’s all alley-oops and fancy passes), its inter-squad squabbling is pedestrian, and its season-long narrative is distended to such a laughable degree that, after eight episodes, it finishes without even getting to the 1980 NBA Playoffs!. Borenstein, Hecht and McKay apparently believe that the behind-the-scenes minutia of the Lakers is infinitely fascinating, not to mention groundbreaking (no matter that the true revolutionary, Michael Jordan, was still on the horizon).

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