Earvin “Magic” Johnson is without a doubt an iconic figure in the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. He and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played a vital role but so are other key figures that including Pat Riley and former team owner Jerry Buss.

They are expected to appear on the upcoming HBO series titled: "Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty." But somehow, the NBA great is not too thrilled to see it.

The five-time NBA Champion told TMZ that he was not interested and not looking forward to seeing the HBO mini-series. This has sparked some intrigue although it remains unclear why Johnson would say such.

"I’m not really looking forward to it," Johnson stated. "I'm gonna leave it at that."

The response is uncanny although there are speculations brewing. Most know that since the release of Michael Jordan’s “Last Dance,” the documentary drew positive and negative feedback. It was understandable since these series practically bring out the best and worst time of NBA teams during their heyday.

Probably aware of the flak that Jordan got when the “Last Dance” came out, Johnson may be trying to distance himself as early as now.

Although it has yet to be shown, there are already insinuations that the upcoming series is likely to be of sanitized variety. In short, the ones being shown are the only ones approved by the Lakers organization, something that may not entirely tell the story.

Johnson instead mentioned that he and Jeanie Buss have their documentaries coming. According to the 62-year-old, these are the ones worth watching, the response he gave instead when asked about "Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty."

There is reason to believe that the series is already a bit off. The teaser shows that it is more of a docudrama with a touch of comedy.

There is also one of the directors that raises some questions. One of the directors is Adam McKay, the same one who delivered scathing send-ups of Wall Street and former Vice President Dick Cheney with "The Big Short" and "Vice."

In short, this series is unlikely to paint the full picture of the Lakers dynasty. Regardless, it is bound to be seen by purple and gold fans with plenty of criticism expected to follow.

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