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Phil Jackson executive producer of new Showtime drama

Sep 10, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

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What is Phil Jackson going to do during his retirement?

How about become an executive producer? He still lives much of the year in Los Angeles, after all.

Showtime is producing a new hour-long series about a family that runs a professional basketball team (sound familiar?) and Jackson, his fiancee Jeanie Buss, Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis and his wife all are attached as executive producers, reports Variety (via Reddit).

Ron Shelton, the creative talent behind such noted sports movies as “Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” will write, direct and exec produce the project.

Jeanie Buss, the senior vice president of the Los Angeles Lakers and Linda Rambis will executive produce via production company Street Reason Entertainment.

This has the potential to be good. As we have seen in recent years when creative people are given some freedom on cable networks to explore their vision as they see fit, we get some great television. Shelton has talent, what happens if he gets turned loose?

Now, if this new show’s comic relief is the slow-witted brother in a baseball cap who keeps screwing up the fictional team, we will know Phil and Jeanie got script input.

  1. lakerade - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    The NBA’s version of Playmakers? Or an homage to Dr. Buss and his feats as an owner? As long as it’s nothing like Semi-Pro, I’ll check it out.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Sep 10, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Executive producer isn’t that big a deal, they usually have very little to do with the finished product.

    • stayhigh_247 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      dont quit your day job. Have you ever heard of Aaron Spelling? And he’s just one of hundreds to have that title.

  3. jabronikid - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    please put Lamar Odom in the actors’ list, he will help top the ratings

  4. 32magicman - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Awesome! I hope the team signs neon and butch!

  5. jhuck92 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    “Now, if this new show’s comic relief is the slow-witted brother in a baseball cap who keeps screwing up the fictional team…”
    That could just as well be an Entourage reference.

  6. badintent - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Art imitates Life.
    Just what LA needs, still another phony drama . Didn’t we already get that with the Lakers last season ?
    Rod Shelton is a $$ man, not the creative force behind Tin Cup. That would be Kevin Costner, he of Waterworld and the Postman garbage.movies.
    Maybe he can produce “ClipperWorld 2.0.That ‘s rated NOINLA. Number one in LA

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