SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A former Bay Area basketball player lives the dream on the big screen in a portrayal of his beloved Los Angeles Lakers from the “Showtime” era.
Maybe one day a movie or series will be made about the Warriors in the Stephen Curry era. For now, the Lakers are turning to the small screen at the center of HBO’s new series ‘Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’
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It’s a cast with several household names – John C. Reilly, Adrian Brody, Michael Chiklis, Sally Field – and newcomers like Solomon Hughes.
“It was just one of the most amazing communities I’ve ever been a part of,” Hughes said during KPIX 5’s Game Day.
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California basketball fans may remember Hughes. He played center for the Bears from 1998 to 2002. He is now back on the court as an actor playing NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It’s the role of a lifetime for the Southern California native.
“My first love was the Lakers and Kareem was the literal center of that sports dynasty,” Hughes said.
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Watch the full interview in the video player above.