HBO, like CNN, is a unit of Warner Bros. Discovery.
Former Lakers star, coach and general manager Jerry West, through his attorney, demanded a retraction and apology last week over the way that he’s depicted in the 10-part series, calling the portrayal “fiction pretending to be fact — a deliberately false characterization that has caused great distress to Jerry and his family.”
In the statement, West cited a number of former Lakers, both players and those who worked in management, as supporting his contentions.
As one example, Abdul-Jabbar pointed to a scene in which his character (played by Solomon Hughes) snaps an expletive at a child actor while filming the movie “Airplane!,” which he says never happened.
Starring John C. Reilly as Lakers owner Jerry Buss and Quincy Isaiah as Johnson, the series is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.”