Phil Jackson Producing Basketball Show For Showtime With "White Men Can't Jump" Director

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LeBron James is executive producing a Starz sitcom that will focus on the life of a famous fictional NBA player, and now The Zen Master, Phil Jackson, has been attached to a basketball-related television project. 

According to Variety, Jackson, along with former Laker, and current assistant coach, Kurt Rambis will be producers.  The creative director of the project is Ron Shelton, who also was behind “White Men Can’t Jump.”


Showtime is developing a one-hour scripted series that takes a peek behind the scenes of a professional basketball team, with NBA coaching great Phil Jackson and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis on board as exec producers. The series will focus on the family that owns the team, according to details provided by the CBS Corp. pay-cable service.

Ron Shelton, the creative talent behind such noted sports movies as “Bull Durham,” “Tin Cup” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” will write, direct and exec produce the project.

With Shelton attached, you can expect this project to include lots of humor, as well as quality basketball scenes.  Whereas LeBron’s project will focus on the player’s life outside the court, this could be more basketball-centric.  

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