When it came time to cast the perfect 'Showtime Lakers,' it was a challenge.

Aside from winning five NBA championships in the 1980s, the Los Angeles Lakers were notorious for their on-court and off-court antics

"Showtime Lakers" because of this. "Winning Time," a new HBO series, centres on their lives. 

In the same year, John C. Reilly's character Jerry Buss, a Canadian-American real estate mogul, bought over the brand from Jack Kent Cooke.

A dream come true, he adds, to be able to connect with this environment and these individuals on such a personal level.

In the 1970s, the NBA was a very different animal. As a result, advertisers were reluctant to put their money into it.

The Lakers, on the other hand, had to live in the shadow of their Minneapolis success

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 Producers, not Men, are chosen as leads,