Over the past several decades, American sports have become a multibillion dollar industry that serves to entertain audiences around the globe. Leagues like the NBA and NFL have transcended their American roots with their stars becoming international icons virtually overnight, truly illuminating the growth American sports have seen in recent years. With that being said though, the roots of these sports extend well into the 20th century and include a myriad of incredibly talented players who were integral in shaping these leagues as they exist today. Now one of the forefathers of modern basketball is set to get his own docuseries with Apple producing a new series that looks at the illustrious career of one of basketball’s founding figures, Magic Johnson.
The Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the most storied franchise in the NBA, and Magic Johnson is integral to their DNA. The revered point guard faced off with the Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird throughout the 1980s and exchanged championships with the equally revered franchise as they both pursued greatness. The end result is arguably one of the most memorable time periods in the history of the NBA, and now that time period will be examined further in They Call Me Magic. The new Apple TV+ series is set to examine Magic’s career at its peak when he was arguably the most dominant point guard in all of basketball, highlighting those battles with Larry Legend and detailing the hall-of-famers rise to stardom. It will also touch upon Magic’s struggles with HIV and his role as a community activist since being afflicted with the illness, truly exploring every avenue of his life in the most tasteful of ways. Lakers fans and fans of Magic Johnson won’t have to wait long either, with They Call Me Magic set to premiere on Apple TV+ on April 22nd.
The Showtime Lakers are one of the most revered dynasty’s in all of basketball, and it was Magic Johnson leading them to victory year after year. While a 7-foot point guard may seem commonplace in today’s NBA, back then it wasn’t though and Magic Johnson was certainly ahead of his time. Now his resounding impact on the world of basketball will be put on full display in They Call Me Magic when it debuts in just under two weeks.