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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Brings Up His “Racism” Struggles to Rip Winning Time and Its Crude Portrayal of Magic Johnson

Published 05/22/2022, 7:30 PM EDT

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Winning Time documentary is based on the rise of the Lakers dynasty, including the legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The documentary included Jerry Buss’ decisions that lead to the formation of a super team. While the doc was a hit and received positive feedback from the viewers, there were some flaws in the series.

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The depiction of certain players and events was not on point, according to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The series didn’t even seem close to the real encounters and events. Even Magic Johnson agreed that the depiction was not on point. Seeing the wrong and inaccurate representation, Kareem had to tell what was wrong.

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Kareem wrote a piece on how Adam McKay, who is a great producer, had the angle of the series all wrong. He explained everyone’s character in short, naming himself as ‘Pompous Prick’, Jerry West as ‘Crazed Coach’, and Magic as ‘Sexual Simpleton’.

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He even went on to address his words that were wrongfully played in the docuseries.


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There are lots of sports documentaries on basketball, including the most-watched, The Last Dance. Though in this documentary, Kareem described the racism struggle right before the 80s and how young men came together to become a great team and dive into the world of celebrities and professional sports.


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The series ended on May 8th after its 10th episode. The series was taken positively by the fans, but not by people who had lived the same story. Outside the game, Kareem is an influential gentleman who has set up various foundations and funds. When a movie is based on iconic players, their words are taken seriously. His character was portrayed inaccurately, and he had to address his actual behavior.

People should know the truth behind the actual events that took place. Every movie and series twists up certain events to add a more entertaining touch to the project, leading the fans to believe that certain events did take place in reality. It will be interesting to see the producers react to Kareem’s words.


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Written by:

Balraj Singh Babrah


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Balraj Singh Babrah is an NBA writer with EssentiallySports. He has been an NBA fan since 2016, and watching Curry shoot from distance inspired him to play basketball. Additionally, he loves analyzing and predicting games based on stats.
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Arunaditya Aima