There are few names more synonymous with sports success than Phil Jackson and few names in Hollywood have done sports on film as well as writer/director Ron Shelton. Now both Shelton and Jackson are joining forces to produce a basketball drama for Showtime as the network continues to pile up it’s original content.
Showtime is developing a one-hour scripted series that takes a peek behind the scenes of a professional basketball team, with NBA coaching great Phil Jackson and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis on board as exec producers. The series will focus on the family that owns the team, according to details provided by the CBS Corp. pay-cable service.
The show sounds a lot like a combination of an Aaron Sorkin behind-the-scenes drama fused with the short-lived ESPN drama Playmakers which detailed the fictional lives of fictional players in a fictional football league. THe intense portrayal of players so scared ESPN and the NFL that they nixed the series despite critical acclaim.
Showtime has no such major contract with the NFL which means whatever we get from Shelton and Jackson is likely going to be raw, real and something the NBA can’t tell them to turn off.