After watching the show on Sunday, former Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and retired basketball player Jerry West offered their scathing response over Twitter.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West have ruthlessly slammed HBO’s “Winning Time” for its portrayal of the Lakers. The show portrays Kareem as a villain, while Jerry is portrayed as a saintly figure. Read more in detail here: kareem jabbar.

Lakers Legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West Ruthlessly Slam HBO's 'Winning Time'

Fans and reviewers have praised HBO’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty thus far. The popular television series covers the tale of the 1980s Lakers and stars John C. Reilly, Jason Segel, and Adrien Brody. It is based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

Fans have praised the show’s unusual representation of the Showtime Lakers, but the individuals who are being represented have been less enthusiastic. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West, two legends of the Los Angeles Lakers, recently lambasted HBO and the makers of Winning Time for their “dishonest” and “deliberately misleading” plot.

Winning Time is “dishonest” and “dull,” according to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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In the first instance, Abdul-Jabbar had no intention of seeing Winning Time. Last week, the Hall of Famer wrote on his Substack that seeing an outsider’s perspective of events he saw firsthand was a “waste of time.”

But, after hearing some negative feedback from former colleagues and peers, he decided to investigate more.

Winning Time was “dreadfully uninteresting,” according to Abdul-Jabbar.

“In writing, there is just one unforgivable sin: don’t be boring!” “Winning Time repeatedly commits that fault,” he wrote.

The Dream also believed that the series’ makers did not accurately portray the Lakers in the 1980s. He said that some sequences in the program were based on true events, but that the producers chose to ignore the facts in favor of “scary moments.”

“There’s an incredible, engaging, culturally perceptive narrative in there,” says the author. He concluded, “Winning Time simply ain’t that narrative.”

Jerry West slams Winning Time and demands an apology.

Jerry West watches a game between the Clippers and Hornets.

Jerry West watches a game between the Clippers and Hornets. Jerry West watches the Los Angeles Clippers play the Charlotte Hornets in a basketball game | Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

In his article, Abdul-Jabbar was openly critical of Winning Time, although his criticisms paled in comparison to Jerry West’s. According to ESPN, the former Lakers executive and 14-time All-Star addressed HBO and producer Adam McKay a letter last week seeking a retraction and an apology for a “baseless and vicious attack” on his reputation.

“The depiction of NBA star and LA Lakers legend Jerry West in ‘Winning Time’ is fiction masquerading as reality – a purposefully incorrect representation that has caused considerable grief to Jerry and his family,” West’s attorney, Skip Miller, told ESPN. “Contrary to the HBO series’ skewed depiction, Jerry had nothing but love and harmony with the Lakers organization, particularly owner Dr. Jerry Buss, during a period when he put together one of the best teams in NBA history.

“Jerry West had a key role in the Lakers’ and NBA’s success. HBO’s deliberate denigration of him for shock effect and ratings purposes is a shame. HBO and the filmmakers owe Jerry a public apology and, at the absolute least, should remove their unfounded and defamatory depiction of him as a matter of basic decency.”

Winning Time “falsely and viciously depicts Mr. West as an out-of-control, inebriated rage-aholic” who “bears no resemblance to the actual man,” according to West’s attorneys, according to ESPN. They’re suing HBO for a retraction, an apology, and damages for portraying West as a fake character.

If you’re enjoying HBO’s new series, keep in mind how harsh past Lakers were before accepting every scene as reality.

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