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    ESPN to air 30 for 30 on NBA's storied Celtics-Lakers rivalry


    When you think of great NBA rivalries, what comes to mind? Well, if you were born in the 1990s, your first thought is likely the Cavaliers-Warriors. The generation before you might argue Bulls-Pistons, Knicks-Bulls or Knicks-Heat. These are all great choices.

    But the greatest rivalry over the course of the NBA’s history is Celtics versus Lakers. Between 1959 and 2010, the franchises met in the NBA Finals 12 times, including three times in the 1980s. Those star-studded teams included multiple Hall of Famers such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson, Magic Johnson, Kevin McHale, Bill Walton and James Worthy.

    With the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 NBA Finals coming up—that series was the third time in four years the Lakers and Celtics met for the title—ESPN Films has commissioned a two-part documentary to examine the famed rivalry. The film will be executive produced by Jonathan Hock, a multiple Emmy Award winning producer and director whose previous 30 for 30s include “The Best That Never Was” (2010), “Unguarded” (2011), “Survive and Advance” (2013) and “Of Miracles and Men” (2015). Hock recently signed a two-year first-look deal with ESPN for all his non-fiction sports-related programming ideas from Hock Films. That means ESPN has the first option for Hock’s work. It’s a great move for both entities given Hock has produced some of the best work in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series.


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    Hock said the Celtics-Lakers documentary will air in two parts on ESPN, running either at 90 or 120 minutes per episode. The film will likely air next June around the time of the NBA Finals.


    “There’s really a lot to work with here,” said John Dahl, the vice president and executive producer for ESPN Films and Original Content. “This isn’t just a basketball story but a cultural one. I think the film will create a lot of buzz because the Celtics and Lakers are eternally marquee franchises.”

    In an interview with SI.com last week, Hock said the main focus of the doc will be the rivalry of the 1980s but the film will also examine the history of the NBA through the prism of the rivalry. “The idea is that everybody chose a side between the Lakers and Celtics, that’s sort of the organizing principle for us in the pre-production and early stages of production,” Hock said.

    Hock worked at NBA Entertainment in the mid-1980s alongside Jim Podhoretz, a fellow documentarian who worked with Hock on “Survive and Advance” (which is about the late college basketball coach Jim Valvano) and will direct the Celtics-Lakers doc. In 1987, Hock and Podhoretz were junior editors at NBA Entertainment and spent the year embedded with the Celtics (Podhoretz) and the Lakers (Hock) as part of the work NBA Entertainment did with top teams. When faced with the prospect of revisiting these teams as older men, they jumped at it.


    Last week, Podhoretz conducted long interviews with former Celtics Danny Ainge and Cedric Maxwell. He and Hock have yet to interview anyone on the Lakers side—Kareem Abdul Jabbar is scheduled with Hock for later this month—but all interviews are expected to be concluded by the end of January. Hock said this will be the most people he has ever interviewed for an ESPN project. Hock said he has requested Bird and Johnson through the NBA and anticipates both interviews will happen.


    “We are working East to West,” Hock said. “I’ll be in L.A. a lot over the next two months.”

    As part of his pitch to ESPN, Hock said the Celtics and Lakers embodied the racial and cultural tensions of the sport—East Coast vs. West Coast, Hollywood glamor vs. blue collar toughness and black vs. white. The film will alternate from the perspective of one club to the perspective of the other and explore the cultural and social impact of the rivalry that took place beyond the basketball court. One theme that promises to be interesting is an examination of the perception that each team represented different races.

    “The irony was going back to the 1960s, the Celtics were far away the most racially progressive organization in basketball, If not all of major sports,” Hock said. “But people perceived them to be the white team in the 1980s and the Lakers as the black team. The most revealing anecdote so far for me was from Cedric Maxwell. After leading the Celtics in scoring in Game 7 of the 1984 Finals against the Lakers, Maxwell went home to North Carolina, expecting to be celebrated by all his old friends. Instead, they were all mad at him, telling him they had all been rooting for the Lakers. They saw the Celtics as the ‘white’ team and identified with the Lakers.”

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    ESPN Films Presents Special Two-Night 30 for 30 Documentary Event “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies”
    By Carrie Kreiswirth
    Posted on May 31, 2017
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    Parts One and Two of the film will debut on Tuesday, June 13; Part Three on Wednesday, June 14.
    Highlights include two narrators – Ice Cube for the Lakers and Donnie Wahlberg for the Celtics – plus interviews with key figures in the rivalry.
    There are rivalries, and then there is the Celtics versus the Lakers. “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies,” a five-hour 30 for 30 film event, chronicles the storied franchises’ epic clashes and relives the Boston-LA battle from both sides, with sensational footage and fresh, insightful interviews. The three-part documentary will premiere with Parts One and Two back-to-back on Tuesday, June 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and Part Three on Wednesday, June 14, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Trailer: http://es.pn/2qBlXeQ.

    Directed by Jim Podhoretz (The Gospel According to Mac) and Executive Produced by Jonathan Hock (Of Miracles and Men, The Best That Never Was), the film not only gets to the heart of the greatest tug-of-war in NBA history, but also shows how their three riveting NBA Finals match-ups over a four-year period in the mid-1980s fueled the popularity of the league, changed popular culture and set the stage for the tremendous growth and profile of the NBA since.

    “I began my career at NBA Entertainment in 1985 (actually Jon Hock and I started on the same day), and I vividly remember being a 24-year-old production assistant and sitting courtside in the Boston Garden for the 1987 NBA Finals,” says Podhoretz. “While some of the Celtics-Lakers story has been chronicled before, we hope to bring to our production the experience of going through it from a visceral and highly partisan standpoint. We found the players that we interviewed to be totally engaged. The vivid details that they recall, the candid feelings, their hatred, their joy and their vulnerability are all out there for people to see.”

    Viewers will witness the heroics, the buzzer-beaters and the fights. Thanks to Podhoretz, who began his career chronicling the Celtics for NBA Entertainment, they will also get an engaging history lesson–one that begins in the 1960s when the Celtics dominated the Lakers and continues with the 1979 NCAA Championship Game, when Larry Bird of Indiana State and Magic Johnson of Michigan State set the tone for a new chapter in the rivalry that would dominate the NBA in the ensuing decade.

    “At the 30th anniversary of the last meeting in the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Lakers in the 1980s, we thought it was a great time to take an unprecedented look at the rivalry that helped shape what the league has become,” says 30 for 30 Executive Producer John Dahl. “And now with two new dominant teams – the Cavaliers and Warriors – meeting in the Finals for the third straight year, we believe this story is more relevant than ever.”

    The two-night event will breakdown as follows:

    Night One

    Parts One and Two of the film not only trace the history, but also present a fabulous cast of characters who would change the NBA and open America’s collective mind. At the center of it all in the 1980s was a pair of brilliant basketball talents – Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Bird’s Celtics and Magic’s Lakers circled each other for four years until they faced off in an epic NBA Finals in 1984.

    Night Two

    Part Three picks up the story right after the thrilling 1984 NBA Finals and then explores the saga from 1985 to 1987 as the teams’ disdain for each other gradually turns to respect. The Celtics and Lakers – Bird and Magic in particular – transformed the fans’ view of the game from simple black-and-white to full-blown Technicolor. By the end of their last battle of that era in 1987, while there was still animosity, they had also developed a hard-earned respect for each other. In the final analysis, it was a rivalry that forced America to no longer view the league in black and white.

    Advance press screeners available upon request. Additional information, including film clips and director statements and bios, will be available on the 30 for 30 website espn.com/30for30. Follow 30 for 30 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation with hashtag #CelticsLakers. The full film will be available On Demand and streamed on the ESPN app, immediately following the ESPN debut of Parts One and Two on Tuesday, June 13. 30 for 30 is presented by Mini.
    About ESPN Films

    ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy-Award winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and film festival appearances. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX and the SEC Storied series.

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    Should be good like almost 30 for 30.

    If other ESPN content was half as good as their documentaries they wouldn't be failing so bad

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    Its on tonight as well as tomorrow night this apparently has 3 parts(according to my TV Guide)

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    Should be good like almost 30 for 30.

    If other ESPN content was half as good as their documentaries they wouldn't be failing so bad
    It's their only good original content. I still watch some of the ones that came out in 2009 and 2010.
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    Ice Cubes narration is very very cocky lol

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    Part 1 and 2 are tonight back to back. Part 3 is tomorrow.

    5 hours? Wow.

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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    One hour down... what have we learned? boston hates black people. nice.

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    One hour down... what have we learned? boston hates black people. nice.
    Gotta fill those 5 hours with something. At least it was informative

    Some of those old interview questions were horrifying
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    Gotta fill those 5 hours with something. At least it was informative

    Some of those old interview questions were horrifying
    Looks like no Larry in the doc. weird.

    ot: excited for mike and the mad dog 30:30

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    One hour down... what have we learned? boston hates black people. nice.
    Well its not a coincidence that LA has a black guy narrating and Boston has a white guy narrating for this piece.

    That being said Boston isn't the only city with this bad baggage just more noticeable in the sports realm than other cities.

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    It's worth noting, during the part of the documentary where Magic is discussing his trade request, that Pistons GM Jack McCloskey offered his entire team for Magic Johnson in 1981.
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    Looks like no Larry in the doc. weird.

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    spoke too soon.

    Donnie is trying a little too hard with that boston accent. nobody actually talks that way here.

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    It's worth noting, during the part of the documentary where Magic is discussing his trade request, that Pistons GM Jack McCloskey offered his entire team for Magic Johnson in 1981.
    RIP trader jack

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    spoke too soon.

    Donnie is trying a little too hard with that boston accent. nobody actually talks that way here.
    There are plenty of people that talk that way there. Plenty.

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    There are plenty of people that talk that way there. Plenty.
    Wrong. You stick to ohio

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    I used to think the Boston accent was unbearable. Then I went to new Hampshire.

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    I used to think the Boston accent was unbearable. Then I went to new Hampshire.
    i've lived here my whole life and don't know anyone who talks like the fake donnie wahlberg accent in this doc. it's an old (outdated and annoying) stereotype at this point

    and for what it's worth i don't even know what the NH accent is

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    i've lived here my whole life and don't know anyone who talks like the fake donnie wahlberg accent in this doc. it's an old (outdated and annoying) stereotype at this point

    and for what it's worth i don't even know what the NH accent is
    I've spent about a week of my life in Boston, and recently. I heard the accent. Granted it wasn't like the Affleck movies or anything where everyone more or less sounds like a cartoon character.

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    anyone else get really bad glitching and stuttering when they DVR ESPN stuff? it's only ESPN, it'll be smooth for 30 seconds, couple seconds of glitching, over and over the whole time.

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    Dvr'd it and missed about 20 minutes between parts 1 and 2. Frustrating.

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    Dvr'd it and missed about 20 minutes between parts 1 and 2. Frustrating.
    I'm sure they'll replay the **** out of it for random 3-5am block fills on ESPN2

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    i've lived here my whole life and don't know anyone who talks like the fake donnie wahlberg accent in this doc. it's an old (outdated and annoying) stereotype at this point
    The Celtics ah thah baaalls!

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    How Jerry West became the logo with only 1 championship? Russell should have been the logo.
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