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Showtime developing basketball family project: Is it based on Lakers?

September 10, 2013|By Greg Braxton
  • Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss and former Lakers great Jerry West exchange greetings at Lakers owner Jerry Buss' memorial service in February.
Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss and former Lakers great Jerry West exchange greetings… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)

Hoop dreams may be coming to Showtime.

The premium cable network is developing a one-hour scripted project that goes behind the scenes of a pro basketball team, with a focus on the family that  owns the team.

Sound like a certain family that owns the Los Angeles Lakers?

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It might. Ron Shelton, the creative force behind iconic sports movies such as "Bull Durham" and "White Men Can't Jump," is an executive producer of the project. Jeanie Buss, the daughter of late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, will be an executive producer, along with Linda Rambis, the wife of current Lakers assistant coach and former player Kurt Rambis.

Also on the production team is former Lakers coach -- and Buss' fiance -- Phil Jackson, and Rambis.

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