DeVaughn Nixon Joins HBO’s 1980s LA Lakers Drama Pilot as His Dad Norm Nixon

Nixon played six seasons with the Lakers before being traded in 1983

Last Updated: September 17, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

HBO has cast another former Los Angeles Lakers player for its drama pilot based on the franchise’s 1980s “Showtime” era. DeVaughn Nixon has joined the project, where he will play Norm Nixon, who is his father.

The elder Nixon played six seasons for the Lakers as a point guard, winning two of the franchise’s five championships during the decade. He was traded to the then-San Diego Clippers in 1983 (the franchise would relocate to Los Angeles in 1984).

The younger Nixon joins a cast that includes Quincy Isaiah, Solomon Hughes, John C. Reilly and Jason Clarke.

Based on the Jeff Pearlman book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s,” the untitled show will dramatize the professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, described in the series logline as “one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties-a team that defined its era, both on and off the court.”

Clarke stars in the pilot as Jerry West, the “cantankerous tortured genius of basketball” and one-time Lakers general manager. Reilly will play former Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Isaiah and Hughes are former Lakers legends Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, respectively.

“The Big Short’s” Adam McKay is director and executive producer on the pilot written by Max Borenstein. Jim Hecht, Jason Shuman, and Kevin Messick of McKay’s production company also executive produce alongside Scott Stephens and co-EP Rodney Barnes.

Deadline first reported the casting of Nixon.


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