ESPN To Make ’30 for 30′ on Celtics-Lakers Rivalry (Video)
ESPN has treated fans to some awesome 30 for 30 documentaries in the past and they plan on keeping that up by treating basketball fans around the globe to a documentary about the greatest NBA rivalry of all-time.
In honor of the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 NBA Finals, ESPN will be airing a two-part “30 for 30” on the storied rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, 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).
“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.”
Hock stated the series will run in two parts, running either 90 or 120 minutes per episode.