Certain facts will be changed to keep the story interesting from a narrative sense in any sort of production that deals with retelling real-world events. In order to keep the plot more engaging or give the viewer more insight into what is going on, it’s impossible to tell a true story without twisting some facts into fiction. The trick is finding a happy medium where the story is an accurate portrayal as well as being engaging and easy to follow.
HBO Max’s newest hit series Winning Time has been extremely successful in finding that happy middle. The show has been based on the best-selling book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty Of The 1980s by Jeff Pearlman, which chronicles the rise of the Showtime Lakers through countless interviews and first-hand accounts. So, where has the show strayed from certain details in the book? Let’s talk about it.