Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is an American sports drama television series created by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht for HBO, based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman. The first season chronicles the 1980s Showtime era of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, featuring notable NBA stars Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the 1st overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with exciting all-star-caliber players, including center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. They were led by the incomparable Pat Riley, known for his slicked-back hair, Armani suits, and arrogant strut. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities lined the court, and gorgeous women flocked to the arena. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them.
Episode 8 takes viewers into the LA Lakers’ 1979-80 season with its dramatic retelling of real-life events. The episode titled ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ focuses on the return of Jack McKinney, as Paul Westhead and Pat Riley struggle to deal with their uncertain futures with the team. The eighth episode opens with Jerry Buss retelling the story of how Roger Bannister, against all odds, performed the seemingly impossible feat of running a mile in less than four minutes.
Meanwhile, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar take part in the All-Star Game, which leads to a rude awakening for young Magic. The episode seemingly resolves the coaching situation but stirs a conflict within Magic that will spark his desire to succeed at all costs.