13 episodes

Westward chronicles the history of basketball in the NBA and how the city of Los Angeles not only saved the fledgling league by bringing the Lakers from Minneapolis, but gave birth to the modern NBA with “Showtime.” Told through the lens of Jerry West, who helped build the dynasty of the Lakers, “Westward” now follows the former Hall Of Famer as he attempts to build a dynasty with L.A.’s other NBA franchise, the Clippers. Narrator – Keith David, Tim Livingston, Bobby Glanton-SmithFrom the Dan Patrick Podcast Network, Westward is a production of iHeartRadio, Dan Patrick’s Productions, and Joy Road Entertainment, in association with Sugar23 and Workhouse Media.

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    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

Westward chronicles the history of basketball in the NBA and how the city of Los Angeles not only saved the fledgling league by bringing the Lakers from Minneapolis, but gave birth to the modern NBA with “Showtime.” Told through the lens of Jerry West, who helped build the dynasty of the Lakers, “Westward” now follows the former Hall Of Famer as he attempts to build a dynasty with L.A.’s other NBA franchise, the Clippers. Narrator – Keith David, Tim Livingston, Bobby Glanton-SmithFrom the Dan Patrick Podcast Network, Westward is a production of iHeartRadio, Dan Patrick’s Productions, and Joy Road Entertainment, in association with Sugar23 and Workhouse Media.

    Bonus Episode Two: Interview with Jerry West

    Bonus Episode Two: Interview with Jerry West

    At the center of the podcast series "Westward" has always been Jerry West. This bonus episode features raw audio of original interviews with the basketball legend as he talks about a variety of subjects, from his days with the Lakers and stories about some of his fondest moments with icons like Richard Pryor, to what he looks for in scouting players. This is Jerry West at his most accessible, candid, and thoughtful.

    • 42 min
    Bonus Episode One: Michael Cooper and Sam Watson

    Bonus Episode One: Michael Cooper and Sam Watson

    Bobby Glanton-Smith hosts a special bonus episode with two rare interviews with Los Angeles icons, former Laker great Michael Cooper and professional boxing's Sam Watson.

    • 56 min
    Episode Ten: Season Interrupted

    Episode Ten: Season Interrupted

    As the Clippers and Lakers head towards the 2019-20 playoffs, the unprecedented happens when the NBA suspends all games due to the Coronavirus. During the lockdown, players across the league join a crusade for social justice in the Black Lives Matter movement after a number of tragedies involving police shootings. In attempt to salvage the season, the league resumes play at a $200 million quarantined "bubble" located in Orlando, Florida. With both teams taking the top two seeds in the West, the stage is set for an epic conference showdown. But something happens on the way to the Finals.

    • 26 min
    Episode Nine: The Mamba and the Mongoose

    Episode Nine: The Mamba and the Mongoose

    The city of Los Angeles and the world, is left in shock after the sudden death of Kobe Bryant. Friends of former superstar, George Lopez and Byron Scott, share some of their stories and Jerry West reflects on what Kobe meant to him. Episode chronicles Kobe Bryant's unlikely landing to L.A. and how his play captured the fan base in Los Angeles just like a young Jerry West did thirty-five years earlier.

    • 32 min
    Episode Eight: The Guy is Kind of Weird

    Episode Eight: The Guy is Kind of Weird

    In 1981, while the “Showtime” era was in the early stages of launching the entire league into the stratosphere of cultural and commercial relevance the San Diego Clippers under Irv Levin, make a final play for NBA dominance when they make the ill-fated trade for center Bill Walton, a San Diego-native. In the wake of that mistake, Levin sells the team to a friend of Jerry Buss’ and the Donald Sterling era begins. Former San Diego Clipper executive Pete Babcock shares the absurd working environment of the franchise during his time in San Diego, until the team ultimately moves to Los Angeles. Special guests: Norm Nixon and World B. Free.

    • 27 min
    Episode Seven: It's Showtime

    Episode Seven: It's Showtime

    Long before Jerry Buss came up with the idea of “Showtime,” there was a coin toss that gave the Lakers the Number One pick in the 1979 Draft. Misfortune then strikes the new Jerry Buss-owned Lakers twice, but with interim coach Paul Westhead, the team goes on to make history on and off the court.

    • 48 min

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