The Best Characters On HBO's 'Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty'

If you love the 2022 HBO sports comedy-drama Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, then cast your votes in for the best Winning Time characters. The star-studded Winning Time cast features popular actors, like John C. Reilly, Jason Segel, Adrien Brody, and Jason Clarke, as well as newcomers, like Quincy Isaiah as Magic Johnson and Solomon Hughes as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Which cast members do you think are doing a great job portraying these “Showtime" Lakers players, famous coaches, and legendary NBA figures?  

Vote up your favorite characters on HBO's Winning Time, and vote down the ones you'd leave on the bench.


  • Magic Johnson
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    All my life, I'm tryin' to share the love. Dishing passes out like Cupid arrows. Hit you in the heart in style. But I get my numbers, too. Even when I'm passin', I be scoring. 

    Played By: Quincy Isaiah

     

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers. He won a championship and an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in his rookie season, and won four more championships with the Lakers during the 1980s. Johnson retired abruptly in 1991 after announcing that he had contracted HIV, but returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game, winning the ...more
  • Jerry West
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    Cooke sent me out there to be his star, too. Got me to sell his tickets. And every year we lost, he still cashed his checks. But I'm the one that's got to live with it. I'm the one that's got to have the nightmares.

    Played By: Jason Clarke

     

    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player. During his active career West played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His nicknames included Mr. Clutch, for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks; The Logo, in reference to his silhouette being incorporated into the NBA logo; Mr. Outside, in reference to his perimeter play with the Los Angeles Lakers; and Zeke from Cabin Creek, for the creek near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia. West played the small ...more
  • Earvin Johnson Sr.
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    Earvin Johnson Sr.

    If you're not ready ever, I don't care. I love you. You hear me? My bottom line won't change, son. Never will.

     

    Played By: Rob Morgan

  • Pat Riley
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    Pat Riley

    It's funny, you know. It's not like it's any big surprise, but you spend your whole career knowing it's all gonna be over someday. But you never really know what over is going to feel like until you're sittin' on the beach, you're a 34-year-old has-been, and you realize, "Holy sh*t, man. I just turned into my old man.”

    Played By: Adrien Brody

     

    Patrick James Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995 and head coach in two separate tenures (1995 through 2003, and 2005 through 2008). Regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Riley has served as the head coach of five championship teams. He won four with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s, and one with the Heat in 2006. He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times (1989–90, 1992–93 and 1996–97, as head coach of the Lakers, New York Knicks and Heat, respectively). He was ...more
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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    When we came up, we put it on our ourselves to stand for something more. We took the boos. We took the hate. 

    Played By: Solomon Hughes

     

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. A member of six NBA championship teams as a player and two more as an assistant coach, Abdul-Jabbar twice was voted NBA Finals MVP. In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. NBA coach Pat Riley and players Isiah Thomas and Julius Erving have called ...more
  • Michael Cooper
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    I should just call myself Sh*t Luck Cooper. 

    Played By: Delante Desouza

     

    Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956) is an American basketball coach and former player. He was most recently the head coach of the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Prior to joining Atlanta, he coached women's college basketball with the USC Trojans. A former player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Cooper won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era. He has also coached in the NBA, WNBA, and the NBA Development League. Cooper is the only person to win a championship, as either a coach or a player, in the NBA, WNBA, and the NBA D-League.