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Los Angeles Lakers, Hulu Announce Nine-Part Docuseries To Debut In 2022

Credit: Los Angeles Lakers

Credit: Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers have announced an upcoming docuseries that will feature the storied history of the team. The purple and gold are one of the two biggest winners in NBA history alongside the Boston Celtics. So it was about time to see them getting a docuseries, and they're working on it. 

The Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan had their own last year, becoming one of the biggest events during the NBA suspension, reactivating the GOAT debate and more. 

The Lakers are trying to replicate that formula and Hulu is working on reaching the same level of success. 

Today, Hulu announced that a new expansive, nine-part Original docuseries chronicling the history of the storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise will join the Hulu Originals lineup. The project comes to Hulu from Lakers’ CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss, Emmy® Award-winning director Antoine Fuqua, in association with Fuqua Films, as well as Haven Entertainment and Los Angeles Media Fund.

The series details the past four decades of the Lakers, and contains colorful and emotional new interviews from over 35 people within the organization, including the Buss family, legendary coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, and NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and team captain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, among numerous other current and former players. Also featured are interviews with a range of high-profile fans and a treasure trove of archival footage featuring never-before-seen interviews with the Lakers late owner, Jerry Buss.

Starting from his acquisition of the team in 1979, the docuseries captures Jerry Buss’ remarkable journey to build, sustain and pass on a family-run sports empire. The project will offer a fresh and revealing look inside the legendary “Showtime” era that saw the team win five NBA titles and turned the Forum into Hollywood’s hottest ticket throughout the 1980s. The series also details the high-stakes drama off the court and incredible successes of the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal-led championship teams, as well as the cultural impact of the Lakers franchise and rebirth of the team, culminating with the 2020 NBA championship led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. At the heart is a story about sports, business and, most of all, family – and how those competing forces must be harnessed to achieve greatness.

The Lakers have lived very sweet moments during their history, and even though most of the 2010s weren't happy for them, they were back at the top of the NBA with LeBron James and Anthony Davis last season. 

They are ready to keep making history and to leave proof of that. A team with such a significant history deserves to have their own docuseries. Fans can't wait to know more about the Lakers, how things change for them over the years and why they are the most important team in NBA history.