HBO Winning Time: Interview with Jeff Pearlman
Hello! A pretty special little blog I have for you today! Recently I’ve been watching the new HBO show Showti… oh sorry I mean Winning Time! As a Lakers fan, someone who modeled his game after Magic, and basketball and storytelling being my two passions in life, you can imagine it’s my cup of tea. I wanted to reach out to the author of the book this show is based on, Jeff Pearlman. Showtime written by him was released back in 2014 and here we are 8 years later I had the chance to talk with him a little bit about the book, show, and some silly things as well, enjoy it!
Alex: First question for you. Showtime era, a lot of us love it but what got you intrigued to start writing a book about it?
Jeff: I grew up in New York rooting for the lousy Nets. As a kid the Lakers were special. California sun, Laker girls, celebs. Magic, Kareem. When I thought of my boyhood and the NBA, I thought of the Lakers.
Alex: From NY as well but for me it was Kobe and Shaq, so I get it! Do you have a favorite discovery while researching for it?
Jeff: Yeah. The whole Magic-comes-to-LA and is served sand dabs by Jack Kent Cooke. And requested a hamburger. It’s just a small detail that works so well.
Alex: And now it’s a scene, in HBO prime-time Sunday show with John C. Reilly and directed by Adam McKay. Must feel surreal, how has this whole experience been for you so far?
Jeff: It’s been amazing. This type of thing doesn’t happen to sports writers. At least it never has to me. I’m blown away by the entire experience.
Alex: Your latest, Three-Ring Circus. I didn’t read it yet, excited to dive in. What would you wanna say to me and other folks before they do?
Jeff: I don’t have a deep message. I want you to enjoy it. Sports is entertainment. Ultimately, it’s an escape. So read the book if you’d like and hopefully it gives you a few fun hours away from the hell of the real world.
Alex: The last one. I mostly write about NBA Top Shot, so I gotta ask you if you could own any NBA highlight from history, what would it be?
Jeff: It’d be Yinka Dare’s first-ever NBA assist
Alex: Hahaha thank you, Jeff! I appreciate you taking your time!
Jeff: No sweat
Hey, Alex, I’m back. Was pretty cool having Jeff for a quick fun interview, if you never have read any of his books, check them out, I certainly enjoyed it. I wanna have more cool interesting people in the basketball and storytelling space, not just Top Shot and NFTs so I you reading this I appreciate you checking it out and your support. And as always, happy collecting!