In an interview on AppleTV+, former professional basketball player Magic Johnson shared his disapproval of HBO’s drama series “Winning Time” about the Showtime era of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s after Johnson joined the team. When asked if someone could say they know Magic Johnson from watching the show, Johnson replied the person would not know him because the portrayal is "somebody telling you something that wasn’t true."
Johnson referenced his AppleTV+ documentary “They Call Me Magic” as the truthful depiction because it comes from his voice. He added that the documentary features people who played with the real LA Lakers, including players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Michael Cooper and Byron Scott. Former general manager Jerry West, late owner Jerry Buss, former coach Pat Riley, and even former Laker girl Paula Abdul are also in “They Call Me Magic.”
Johnson reiterated that “Winning Time” is nothing like his documentary. "They Call Me Magic,” is the truth, he said, and not someone else's opinion of what they think happened.