Solomon Hughes as Kareem

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Big C said:

concordtom said:

MSaviolives said:

I found it entertaining and weird. But I also found it off putting because of the unfair portrayals, the failure to capture the excitement and grandeur of some iconic moments, and not great acting for some of the characters. I thought Solomon did a great job, and the guys who played Magic and Jerry Buss were fine. But, come on, Sally Field was great.

I thought the Buss character was great!!!
All 5 coaching characters were poor portrayals! West, sharman, riley, the injured guy and westhead. I don't think you rise to that level being the weak clown they were portrayed as. Magic, Kareem and bird were all picked as lookalikes and were truly just "stage characters" designed to mimic what we know about them. All other players had basically nothing to do with their real life person, except Nixon, played by his son!! What I mean to say is, I didn't get the sense that I was truly in that locker room.

The part that is funny, is how everyone seems to be like a child in this movie.
Like, if you took 10 year olds to portray the complex adults these people were, that's how they would have done is: boil people down to simple people who fit a narrative.

Nobody, save maybe Buss, has a complex (developed) character inside them. Buss seems to have demons and angels inside, which he's balancing. He's the character I feel I want to know better in this series.

I have no idea what Dr. Jerry Buss was like in real life, but usually, the owners, I want to know them less, not more. Just have them open up their checkbooks and stand back. If an Eddie D or a Joe Lacob need to step into the spotlight now and then to massage their massive egos, fine, they're paying. But the less, the better.
As a non-Lakers fan, I found the series interesting and entertaining, and George C Reilly as Dr. Buss stole the show. This was not meant to be a documentary.
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concordtom said:

Big C said:

concordtom said:

MSaviolives said:

I found it entertaining and weird. But I also found it off putting because of the unfair portrayals, the failure to capture the excitement and grandeur of some iconic moments, and not great acting for some of the characters. I thought Solomon did a great job, and the guys who played Magic and Jerry Buss were fine. But, come on, Sally Field was great.

I thought the Buss character was great!!!
All 5 coaching characters were poor portrayals! West, sharman, riley, the injured guy and westhead. I don't think you rise to that level being the weak clown they were portrayed as. Magic, Kareem and bird were all picked as lookalikes and were truly just "stage characters" designed to mimic what we know about them. All other players had basically nothing to do with their real life person, except Nixon, played by his son!! What I mean to say is, I didn't get the sense that I was truly in that locker room.

The part that is funny, is how everyone seems to be like a child in this movie.
Like, if you took 10 year olds to portray the complex adults these people were, that's how they would have done is: boil people down to simple people who fit a narrative.

Nobody, save maybe Buss, has a complex (developed) character inside them. Buss seems to have demons and angels inside, which he's balancing. He's the character I feel I want to know better in this series.

I have no idea what Dr. Jerry Buss was like in real life, but usually, the owners, I want to know them less, not more. Just have them open up their checkbooks and stand back. If an Eddie D or a Joe Lacob need to step into the spotlight now and then to massage their massive egos, fine, they're paying. But the less, the better.


1. Well, Buss used to party crazy. So that makes him interesting and unique among owners, I think. It's portrayed in the show.
Hefner. Magic sexcapades. And then he did turn them into winners while on a budget. Pretty good story telling.

2. The Buss actor has done a great job!!

He's good. If he were a Cal alum, I'd say he's as good as Solomon Hughes!
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For those that enjoyed the Buss character, I strongly recommend "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story".

 
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