Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers – Everything We Know About the Hulu Docuseries

August 7, 2022
Kira Comerford 0
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This article discusses the Hulu documentary series Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers, including the cast, crew, release date, and trailer.

Although they have not exactly been short on coverage over the years, it is time for another film about the LA Lakers. In Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers, we’re taking a deep dive into the rise, rule, and legacy of one of the world’s most recognizable sports franchises, this time involving a whole host of the people who has made the Lakers’ name what it was over the years.

Is it just another sports doc? Here’s everything we know about Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers:

Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers premise

Courtesy of Hulu: “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers captures the remarkable rise and unprecedented success of one of the most dominant and iconic franchises in professional sports. Featuring exclusive access to the Buss Family and probing, revealing interviews with players, coaches and front office execs, this 10-part documentary series chronicles this extraordinary story from the inside – told only by the people who lived it.

When charismatic real estate tycoon Dr. Jerry Buss purchased the Los Angeles Lakers in a wildly risky and complex business deal, nobody could’ve predicted just how much success was to come. Kicking off the Showtime era in 1979, the notorious L.A.-playboy pioneered the business of basketball. He raised the price of floor seats, introduced dancers and a live band, opened an exclusive private club inside the arena and cultivated famous fans in Hollywood. Over the last 40 years, the team captured 11 titles and retired the jerseys of some of the NBA’s most legendary players.

Today, Dr. Buss’s empire is now worth more than $5 billion. But all of that success did not come easy. Along with notorious feuds, career-ending illnesses and a bevy of insurmountable on-court obstacles, the Lakers have also weathered intense drama off the court – within Dr. Buss’s own family. Running the franchise as a ‘mom and pop’ operation, Dr. Buss gave his children front office jobs with the understanding they would, someday, inherit his kingdom. But sibling rivalry, interpersonal conflict and corporate unrest threatened to destroy everything Dr. Buss worked so hard to build. Ultimately, Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers is about family, business, and power – and how all three must be harnessed to achieve greatness.

Our opinion of the premise

A lot of history is obviously made when building an empire and legacy comparable to that of the LA Lakers, so no doubt there will be a lot to unpack in this docuseries. The premise suggests that some of what has unfolded over the years could give the series a flavour of Succession, but in a very real-world sense. It’s also fair to say that the Lakers franchise is something of a towering colossus when you look back on it as a whole, and so the doc could also play out like some sort of sports opera as it charts the history of the team. 

The production team

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writers: Steven Leckart
Producers: Simon Horsman, Jeffrey Soros
Executive Producers: Jeannie Buss, Antoine Fuqua, Steven Leckart, Kevin Mann, Linda Rambis, Kat Samisk, Mark Ankner, Michael Mann

Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers cast

  • Shaquille O’Neal.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  • Magic Johnson.
  • Phil Jackson.
  • Pat Riley.

Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers release date

Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers is scheduled to be released on a weekly episodic basis on Hulu on Monday, 15th August 2022. The series will premiere with 2 episodes, and new episodes will stream weekly. In total, the series will have 10 episodes.

Is there a trailer?

Yes – watch it here:

It’ll be an interesting documentary to watch – everyone knows the LA Lakers in some capacity or another, it’s a very recognizable name, and it will be fascinating to see how it became so over the course of the series. The involvement of so many people who have been a part of the franchise in all manner of ways over the years also suggests that this may be one of the more accurate histories of it, too — we shall see!

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