Wood Harris Joins HBO L.A. Lakers Series

Wood Harris, most notably known for his performances in Paid in Full and The Wire, has been added to the cast of Adam McKay’s series based on the Los Angeles Lakers at HBO.

The upcoming sports series developed by Adam McKay, Jim Hecht and Max Borenstein is based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman. Deadline notes the fast-break series chronicles the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined its era both on and off the court.

In an interview with Collider, Max Borenstein compares the untitled drama to Netflix’s hit show The Crown. “It’s a series, but obviously, its limitations are that it’s inspired and based on a true story, but in a sense, structurally, it has [a] resemblance to The Crown. It’s a dynasty story. It’s the story of an American dynasty. In this case, because it’s an American dynasty, it’s not a monarchy, it’s a story about celebrity and culture and entertainment as [seen] through the prism of the NBA and the prism of the Showtime Lakers” says Borenstein, who wrote the entire first season.

Spenser Haywood timeline | The Seattle Times
Spencer Haywood

Wood Harris will play legendary NBA player Spencer Haywood. Haywood’s contributions to the league include a historic win against the NBA in the Supreme Court that afforded him the right to join the league before graduating college. The monumental win opened the door for Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and other sports greats to follow suit, However; Haywood’s inclination to fight for his rights hindered the progress of the next 9 years he spent in the NBA.

Other cast members include: Gillian Jacobs as Chris Riley, Tracy Letts as Jack McKinney, Julianne Nicholson as Cranny McKinney, Jimel Atkins as Jamaal Wilkes, LisaGay Hamilton as Christine Johnson, Andy Hirsch as David Stern. Brett Cullen as Bill Sharman, Lola Kirke as Karen West, Sarah Ramos as Cheryl Pistono, Jason Segel as Paul Westhead, Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach, Sally Field as Jessie Buss, Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, John C. Reilly as Jerry Buss, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson, Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gaby Hoffmann as Claire Rothman, Hadley Robinson as Jeanie Buss, DeVaughn Nixon as Norm Nixon, Molly Gordon as Linda Zafrani, Rob Morgan as Earvin Johnson Sr., Spencer Garrett as Chick Hearn, Kirk Bovill as Donald Sterling, Delante Desouza as Michael Cooper, Stephen Adly Guirgis as Frank Mariani, Tamera Tomakili as Earletha “Cookie” Kelly, Joey Brooks as Lon Rosen and Bo Burnham as Larry Bird.

The show is current filming in Los Angeles.