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Jeanie Buss, Phil Jackson and Kurt Rambis help develop Showtime drama

September 10, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Will Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss have roles in an upcoming drama centered on a pro basketball team?
Will Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss have roles in an upcoming drama centered… (Noah Graham / Getty Images )

The Lakers may be fictionalized.

According to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com, television network Showtime is "developing a one-hour scripted drama set behind the scenes of a pro basketball team and the family that runs it."

Jeanie Buss and Linda Rambis are behind the project through their production company, Street Reason Entertainment.  Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson and current assistant coach Kurt Rambis will also reportedly be listed as executive producers.

Writer-director Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham," "White Men Can't Jump") will write and run the project.

Although the real-life drama of the Lakers is typically found on the court or in the locker room, the Showtime story will focus behind the scenes in the front office.

The Buss family recently lost Jerry Buss to cancer.  His ownership stake of the team passed on to his six children, including Jeanie, who manages the business side; and Jim Buss, who is charge of basketball operations.

Although there are some similarities in plot to "King Lear," all involved hope the transition to the Buss children is not the tragedy William Shakespeare wrote centuries ago.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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