Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

Despite pretty solid reviews from critics, HBO’s Winning Time has been cancelled after just two seasons. The show drew some ire from former Lakers who took issue with their portrayals on the show, like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and called the series “boring.” Jerry West, a major executive in the NBA, went so far as to demand an apology from HBO over his depiction on the show.

The series was based on the account of the classic L.A. Lakers teams Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman.

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Series co-creator Max Borenstein posted his reaction to the news on Twitter:

To make matters a bit more upsetting, the show ended on a pretty downer note. Spoiler alert for actual NBA history, but the second season of Winning Time ends with the defeat of the Lakers by the Celtics in the Finals.

The director of the show, Salli Richardson, had told The Hollywood Reporter prior to the show’s cancelation that they had been hoping to continue the story into a third season that now won’t happen…

Obviously, you see how the season ends. So we would love to have, at the very least, even though we can do this for years, one more season so that we can get the Lakers winning against the Celtics. We don’t want to end with the Celtics winning. That’s awful.

Awful or not, that’s how the TV show will apparently end. The full run of Winning Time is now available to stream on Max.

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By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.