The rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird intensifies in HBO’s…

The rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird intensifies in HBO’s…

The Lakers are hoping to build on the success of Magic Johnson’s rookie season, which served as the centerpiece of the first season and resulted in the team winning the NBA title in May 1980. The footage from the basketball-centric series, directed by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht, was made public on Monday. HBO and Max will premiere the second season on August 6th. It centers on the squad’s highs and lows between 1980 and 1984.

“Is there anyone who isn’t afraid of Larry Bird?” Isaiah asks in the teaser.

The challenge posed by Bird and the Celtics worries Lakers coach Pat Riley (Adrien Brody) a little more: “They’ve won their rings.” Ours has been won. Nothing about it mattered because it wasn’t directed at them.

Sports fans of a certain age are likely to get instantly enamored with this charmingly wonky analysis of a crucial period in hoops history, he continued.

 

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