While there are good elements of this week’s episode, the entire show lacked the structure the previous episodes had to be great.
This recap of the Hulu series Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers season 1, episode 7, contains spoilers.
Last week on Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers we saw the beginning of the Shaq/Kobe era of championships. However, we all know how this story ends. So how will they handle this entire thing with Kobe not being able to speak? I am excited to dive into this week’s episode.
Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers season 1, episode 7 review
In most cases, after teams win a championship, you are doing two things, riding a high and trying to repeat. However, for this Lakers team, the relationship between Jerry West and Phil Jackson had soured like never before, causing West to leave the Lakers. Phil took this opportunity to bring his guy in Mitch Kupchak, which worked out for the both of them. But then, Phil had his eyes set on winning another title.
The Lakers came, saw, and conquered, taking home their second consecutive championship and, this time, looking to try and three-peat. The Lakers had come head to head with a big-time rivalry at the time, the Sacramento Kings (or Sacramento Queens, as Shaq said). It was the first time the Lakers had seen some pushback on them as a whole, but they fought back even down three games to two to head to their third straight championship to take on the Nets.
And just like they did in every other final, they came, saw, and conquered, winning their third straight NBA championship. Three-peating was not easy to do, no matter what generation you were in, but it was an impressive feat in the era of the hard cap and the battling egos more than ever. But all great things must come to an end. It was crazy watching this team play back in the day, and regardless of their demise, they won three championships, but you can’t help but think back and wonder how many they could’ve won had they stayed together.
I don’t doubt the behind-the-scenes of the Buss family played a crucial role in what we saw on the court and in the building of the Lakers. But I believe they don’t do a good job structuring the relationships with the on-the-court stuff each week. As a result, it loses its steam to the point where I think they could’ve had an episode or two based on this alone without losing us in that drama. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love how they present it.
While I was interested to see how they would handle the entire Kobe Bryant rape case, I didn’t think they did a good job. I thought it was glanced over and sidestepped, which is a bit distasteful to the situation. Instead, they were more worried about giving Kobe flowers from going to court to hitting game-winning shots within the same day.
Overall, this episode of Legacy: The True Story of the LA Laker had more lows than highs, resulting in the worst episode of the series yet. I didn’t hate it, but they are struggling with balancing the Lakers and the Buss family drama. Time and time again, they struggle to structure this entire Buss family stuff causing it to take away from the episodes. I hope this is just a blip on the radar and we get back on track next week.
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