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FX is developing a series about the Clippers and Donald Sterling

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne
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Los Angeles basketball is the hottest news on TV, even though both teams aren’t doing particularly well this NBA season, but maybe that’s why dramatizations of the exciting events in LA’s basketball history have become big business? Either way, HBO has winning timeAdam McKay’s series about the Showtime Lakers and their championship dynasty (starring John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah and Solomon Hughes), and now FX comes into play The Sterling Affairsa limited series about the LA Clippers that… sounds like a lot less fun.

The show is based on the ESPN podcast of the same name and, as the title suggests, centers around the “downfall” of team owner Donald Sterling, who made a series of racist comments in a leaked recording. Within days, NBA players began to protest and league commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the NBA and issued a (long and complicated) process to force him and his wife (who were not on particularly solid ground at the time, if you can believe that). to sell the team.

Instead of focusing on Sterling, however, the series seems to center on Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ coach at the time, played by Laurence Fishburne. He will be starring opposite Jacki Weaver, who plays Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly, but the press release announcing this stuff doesn’t say who will play Sterling himself. (However, if the idea is, “This is what the team was going through when Sterling blew up,” you could probably get away with it not including the famous racist if FX was so inclined.)

The Sterling Affairs is written by Gina Welch, who previously worked on Feud: Bette and Joan and castle rock, both of which have some relevance to this project. It’s about a kind of feud, for starters, and the idea that there might be a second one Los Angeles basketball team no one has heard of is the kind of spooky twist only Stephen King would imagine. (This message was written by a Chicago White Sox fan, so know that all jokes about the Clippers come from a place of love and understanding.)

https://www.avclub.com/fx-clippers-sterling-affairs-laurence-fishburne-doc-riv-1848749079 FX is developing a series about the Clippers and Donald Sterling

Andrew Schnitker

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