September 17, 2023

Word is out that HBO has cancelled Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty after two seasons. The news comes on the heels of tonight's sophomore finale. Showrunner Max Borenstein took to Twitter to let fans know that the show's final episode was "not the ending that we had in mind."

Based on the book "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s," the series follows the personal and professional lives of the Los Angeles Lakers, including the rise of basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and the lengths one wealthy investor went to in pursuit of securing a basketball dynasty.

In the now-series finale, the Lakers were defeated by the Boston Celtics in the 1984 NBA Finals. But instead of the story continuing in Season 3, a montage at the end informed viewers that the Lakers went on to defeat the Celtics two of the next three years.