We knew that Winning Time: The Rise of The Los Angeles Lakers, would rip open the Lakers organization and show the good, bad, and the ugly. And when the ugly came around, it would pull no punches, as does no project from Adam McKay (The Big Short, Don’t Look Up).
The victim of the first show, according to popular opinion, was Jerry West.
Played beautifully by Jason Clarke, we got to see “The Logo” fully unhinged and introduced as “Never been happy”. He was a powder keg the entire episode, blowing up at Dr. Jerry Buss, and taking a staunch stance against drafting Magic Johnson. The first episode ended with West throwing his trophy out of his office window.
It wasn’t long before viewers of the program noticed and began reacting to the portrayal of West we were seeing.
— Brian of Blocksley (@WeatherMane) March 7, 2022
— Nita B. 🎧😎🎧 (@MahoganySteel) March 7, 2022
— Tony Clements (@TonyCMKE) March 7, 2022
— Kenny D. Williams (@KBadds) March 7, 2022
Jerry west the entire episode pic.twitter.com/80US16r99x
— Darth JSH💶🐐 (@thefutureisJeru) March 7, 2022
— Cherchez La Femme (@FrankieVtotheD) March 7, 2022
— Brian 🏁🏁 (@KingMegatron2) March 7, 2022
This dude playing Jerry West is doing a good ass job
— The Anonymous Nobody (@el_budget) March 7, 2022
Twitter woulda made sure Jerry West never became the NBA symbol after 6 NBA Finals Losses
— Hanzee Dent (@LCyance) March 7, 2022
Nah was Jerry West really this much of an asshole? Lmaooo #WinningTime
— Avery “AJ” Munroe (@AJXLV) March 7, 2022
Dr. Jerry Buss: we’re drafting Magic Johnson.
Jerry West: pic.twitter.com/ih3RjvFXx6
— Sergio24 (@SergioReynoso24) March 7, 2022
— ً (@KINGCHAUNFRMMD_) March 7, 2022
Also I had no idea Jerry West was so opposed to drafting Magic. How does the greatest personnel man in NBA history miss that badly on such an obviously generational talent? #WinningTime
— Dustin (@dustinjkent) March 7, 2022
They got Jerry West crazy as hell on this show
— Crown Apple Connoisseur (@Keith_JR95) March 7, 2022
Norm Nixon and Jerry West were some haters.
— Chip (@BcDubbU) March 7, 2022
What did you think? Did Winning Time go to hard on Jerry West? How was Jason Clarke’s performance?
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