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Lakers Will Produce Docu-Series Celebrating "Showtime" Era

Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson are both likely focal points for the five-episode series
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The L.A. Media Fund and the Lakers are "teaming up with Haven Entertainment to produce a five-episode docu-series focusing on the '80s Showtime era" of the team, according to Mike Fleming Jr. of DEADLINE.com. That was the period when Pat Riley "coached the run and gun style distinguished by Magic Johnson's passing and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring," with Jamaal Wilkes, James Worthy, Byron Scott and Michael Cooper "backing them up." Celebs like actor Jack Nicholson "turned The Forum into the town's hottest ticket and the team won five NBA titles and waged an unbelievable rivalry" with the Celtics and Larry Bird. Lakers President Jeanie Buss said of the series, "The Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in the NBA -- but 'Showtime' holds a special place in the hearts of our fans and this city." Lakers Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel Dan Grigsby "negotiated the deal" for the series, which was brokered by Endeavor. The docu-series will be "directed by Kristopher Belman" (DEADLINE.com, 12/17).