Jerry West Demands Retraction on ‘Winning Time’ Series About ‘Showtime’ Lakers; HBO responds

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Los Angeles Lakers legend and current Los Angeles Clippers consultant Jerry West has demanded a retraction and apology from HBO for his portrayal in the series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” according to ESPN. . West’s lawyer sent a letter to HBO and producer Adam McKay arguing that the show portrayed him as an “out of control, drunk and rage addict”.

“The portrayal of NBA icon and LA Lakers legend Jerry West in ‘Winning Time’ is fiction pretending to be fact – a deliberately false characterization that caused Jerry and his family great anguish,” said Skip Miller, attorney representing West. “Contrary to the baseless portrayal of the HBO series, Jerry had nothing but love and rapport with the Lakers organization, and in particular with owner Dr. Jerry Buss, during a time when he assembled one of the greatest teams in the history of the Lakers. NBA.

“Jerry West was an integral part of the success of the Lakers and the NBA. It’s a farce that HBO knowingly demoted him for shock value and ratings pursuit. As an act of common decency, HBO and the producers owe Jerry a public apology and at the very least, must portray their baseless and defamatory portrayal of him.”

In the series, which is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty,” West argued vehemently against the selection of Magic Johnson, threw his Finals MVP trophy out a window, and tried to replacing interim head coach Paul Westhead with former teammate Elgin Baylor midway through a trip. As the series has so far taken place exclusively during the 1979-80 season, it has yet to cover West’s historic tenure as the team’s general manager, which began before the 1982-83 season and lasted until 2002.

HBO released a statement after West’s attorney spoke out, saying “‘Winning Time’ is not a documentary and has not been presented as such.”

West left the Lakers to take over the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002, and has since gone on to work for the Clippers and Golden State Warriors. At least publicly, his relationship with the Lakers has been somewhat frosty ever since. Last spring, he said he was offended when owner Jeanie Buss left him off her list of the top five Lakers of all time. Earlier this season, West revealed that the team had revoked his lifetime season tickets. In 2007, Kobe Bryant publicly called on the Lakers to bring West back with full authority over basketball decisions. They refused to do so.

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