Winning Time: Fans loved Michael Chiklis as Red Auerbach villain “It’s never been a *expletive* Leprechaun. It’s me”

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty was back tonight, with Jonah Hill directing. And while last week focused on the instability and cruelty of “The Logo” Jerry West, this week’s episode “Is that all there is?” built Celtics great Red Auerbach (played by Michael Chiklis) as a proper villain to the Showtime Lakers.

It’s easy to see why the show is controversial. It’s revisiting history and casting heroes and villains, and when a lot of the people discussed are still around to dissect what they’re seeing, there is seldom a consensus.

Anyways, the fans adored Chiklis as Auerbach. The scenes with Jerry Buss over dinner, and once again at center court in the forum was superbly acted television.

“This Celtic Pride. It’s never been a *bleeping* Leprechaun” he told Buss “It’s me”.

Let’s go to the Tweets.

What do you think go Winning Time two weeks in? Is the way they’re portraying Red Auerbach and Jerry West fair? If you were a fan back then, what do you remember hearing back then?

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