20 episodes

This is the official podcast companion to HBO’s Original series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. Each week, executive producer Rodney Barnes speaks with sportswriter Jeff Pearlman as well as the actors, directors, and key collaborators who brought the 1980s Showtime Lakers to life. Podcast episodes are available each week right after the latest episode of Winning Time on Max. The official Winning Time podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Hyperobject Industries and Pineapple Street Studios.

The Official Winning Time Podcast HBO

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 116 Ratings

This is the official podcast companion to HBO’s Original series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. Each week, executive producer Rodney Barnes speaks with sportswriter Jeff Pearlman as well as the actors, directors, and key collaborators who brought the 1980s Showtime Lakers to life. Podcast episodes are available each week right after the latest episode of Winning Time on Max. The official Winning Time podcast is produced by HBO in conjunction with Hyperobject Industries and Pineapple Street Studios.

    S2 Ep. 7: “What Is And What Should Never Be”

    S2 Ep. 7: “What Is And What Should Never Be”

    Director Salli Richardson-Whitfield breaks down key scenes in the season finale. Jeff and Rodney discuss all the social, interpersonal, and racial elements that made the real-life Lakers/Celtics rivalry so intense. For the buzzer beater, from the Jeanie Buss makeover to Magic, Bird and Kareem’s custom clothes, costume designer Emma Potter takes us into the Winning Time wardrobe department.
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    • 55 min
    Bonus Episode with Jeanie Buss

    Bonus Episode with Jeanie Buss

    Jeanie Buss, owner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers, joins Rodney in a pre-finale bonus episode. She shares eye-opening stories about her father Dr. Jerry Buss, reflects on moments she’s enjoyed in Winning Time, and shares easter eggs she’s spotted in the series.
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    • 28 min
    S2 Ep. 6: “Beat L.A.” (with Baron Davis)

    S2 Ep. 6: “Beat L.A.” (with Baron Davis)

    Retired NBA all-star Baron Davis offers his take on the “heightened” world of Winning Time, the singular talents of the real-life Magic and Kareem, how it feels to be traded, and how the league has changed since the showtime era. Jeff and Rodney talk through the buildup to the 1983 finals, and Kareem’s relationship with his fans. For the buzzer beater, production designer Richard Toyon shares behind the scenes stories on designing Winning Time’s iconic sets.
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    • 36 min
    S2 Ep.5: “The Hamburger Hamlet”

    S2 Ep.5: “The Hamburger Hamlet”

    Director Tanya Hamilton joins host Rodney Barnes to unpack the shifting power dynamics within the Laker organization, and her actor-driven approach to directing. Jeff and Rodney talk about how the Magic/Westhead story changed sports forever. For the buzzer beater, actor Jason Clarke (Jerry West) talks about the energy and humor he brings to the role. 
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    • 49 min
    S2 Ep.4: "The New World” (with Robert Glasper)

    S2 Ep.4: "The New World” (with Robert Glasper)

    Composer Robert Glasper breaks down the improvisational process of writing the Winning Time score, which includes playing nerf basketball in the studio. Jeff and Rodney discuss Magic’s $25 million contract and Paul Westhead’s catastrophic Sports Illustrated photoshoot. For the Buzzer Beater, Rodney chats with Sanna Seppanen, the head of Winning Time’s hair department, about replicating  the styles of the ‘70s and ‘80s.  
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    • 37 min
    S2 Ep. 3: "The Second Coming"

    S2 Ep. 3: "The Second Coming"

    Director Todd Banhazl joins host Rodney Barnes to talk about telling the story of Larry Bird like a spaghetti western. Jeff and Rodney dive into some of the real world story of Larry Bird that inspired the episode. For the buzzer beater, Assistant Director Sal Sutera gives behind-the-scenes insight into working with background actors to pull off some of the crowd scenes in the show.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Great show, Great podcast ,

Great show, even better podcast

I’m so shocked to hear that this show will not be renewed for another season. The storytelling, cast, costume, look & feel of this show is one of HBO’s best. And this podcast is the cherry on top. Many thoughtful interviews and great perspectives in each episode.

HBO, Please reconsider renewing this show!

Xoxo,
A devoted fan

joe6425 ,

Great show

Awesome podcast and host, I think the show should be brought back for season 3. It is a mistake to cancel the show it was just going to start hitting on the really interesting parts of the lakers dynasty.

425w ,

A Brilliant Winner

The Season 2, first episode opening montage is an epic arc of talent & timing. Take it to the rim.

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