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Basketball: A Love Story

TVGSports • Documentaries • Basketball • TV Series2018

A series of short stories that feature interviews with basketball's most prominent fi...more

A series of short stories that feature interviews with basketball...More

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Season1
Episode 1

Love of the Game

Love of the Game
Episode 2

The Teachers

The best in the game share why they love basketball, and speak about the players they grew up emulating, late nights practicing in the driveway, and how basketball provided a refuge from the realities of life.
Episode 3

The Choke

Latrell Sprewell's 1997 incident with his coach, PJ Carlesimo, sparks a conversation about the relationship between player and coach.
Episode 4

Origins

The beginnings of basketball are traced from James Naismith to the expansion of the game across the country to the development of college leagues.
Episode 5

Scandal

A point shaving scandal in the college ranks almost derails the sport in the 1950s; profiles of two of the first superstars of the sport: George Mikan and Bob Cousy.
Episode 6

Signature Moves: The Feel

The art of the game and how some of the greatest mastered their signature moves, featuring Chris Paul, Wes Unseld, Diana Taurasi, Allen Iverson, and Earl Monroe.
Episode 7

The Spring of '57

The Spring of '57
Episode 8

Patriots to Protests

Patriots to Protests
Episode 9

Signature Moves: The Touch

How some of the greatest in the game mastered their signature moves, featuring Steph Curry, Bernard King, and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Episode 10

ABA: The Red, White, and Blue

The American Basketball Association becomes one of the first upstart leagues to challenge the dominance of the NBA.
Episode 11

The Dipper and the Winner

The rivalry between Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, including the iconic 1965 Eastern Conference Finals.
Episode 12

Signature Moves: Discipline

How some of the greatest in the game mastered their signature moves, featuring Lebron James, Walt Frazier and Dirk Nowitzki.
Episode 13

Mayhem in Munich

The 1972 Olympics will forever be remembered for the tragedy that took the lives of 11 Israeli athletes. That year, the US again faced off with the USSR, in one of the most controversial finishes in Olympic history.
Episode 14

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love
Episode 15

The Witch Hunt

A look at gambling in the early days of the sport, and Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins who was wrongly accused of being involved in a point-shaving scandal during his freshman year at University of Iowa.
Episode 16

Birth of the Bruins

Birth of the Bruins
Episode 17

Tomboys

Some of the game's greatest female players, including Cheryl Miller, Ann Myers, Nancy Lieberman, and Carol Blazejowski discuss their love of the game and challenges they faced as pioneers of the women's game.
Episode 18

Rupp's Reckoning

There are endless stories of racism, but also humanity, in the early days of college basketball, including: the era of Adolph Rupp at Kentucky; the integration of the college game at Texas Western; the strength of Charlie Scott.
Episode 19

Renegades

Renegades
Episode 20

The Eighth Wonder of the World

Lew Alcindor, one of the greatest players of all-time, led UCLA in the “Game of the Century” against Elvin Hayes and the University of Houston. The Houston upset is seen as paving the way for college basketball to be widely televised.
Episode 21

Title IX: Immaculata

Title IX gave rise to the women’s game at the college level, and the first great team emerged from Immaculata University. Immaculata won 3 consecutive NCAA Titles from 1972-1974 and played in the first ever televised NCAA Women's CBB.
Episode 22

Joy or Relief?

Al McGuire won an NCAA title with Marquette in the last game he ever coached. The game’s top coaches debate whether finally winning brings joy, or relief.
Episode 23

Oscar and West: Bittersweet Victories

Oscar Robertson joins forces with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Milwaukee Bucks, and Jerry West teams up with Wilt Chamberlain on the Los Angeles Lakers. Two of the greatest pairs ever to play together, but even with each victory, their past will haunt them.
Episode 24

Self Expression

Self Expression
Episode 25

One and Done

The debate over eligibility and “one and done” started well before John Calipari and the University of Kentucky; Spencer Haywood was one of the first to challenge the rules.
Episode 26

David vs Goliath

The UCLA Bruins dynasty comes up against David Thompson and his NC State team, who finally knock them off and claim a title of their own.
Episode 27

General Knight

General Knight
Episode 28

Deal of the Century

Deal of the Century
Episode 29

Wild Days: Upsets, Brawls, and No-Calls

Wild Days: Upsets, Brawls, and No-Calls
Episode 30

Do or Die

Do or Die
Episode 31

Tailspin

Tailspin
Episode 32

Portland's One Year Dynasty

A potential new dynasty arrives with the Trail Blazers' 1977 NBA Finals victory, but continuous injuries to Bill Walton in subsequent seasons derail any future chances of titles.
Episode 33

The First Lady

Pat Summitt, one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball, is profiled…spanning from her time as a player, to her role as Olympic head coach, to the dynasty she built at the University of Tennessee.
Episode 34

Don't Call Me Buckwheat

Lenny Wilkens is the consummate underdog. Despite a childhood of poverty, racism and the untimely death of his father, Wilkens fought his way to the top of professional basketball, eventually coaching the Seattle Supersonics to their first and only title.
Episode 35

Genius Gene

Genius Gene
Episode 36

Georgetown Culture: John Thompson's America

The creation of the Big East conference gave rise to the Georgetown Hoya teams under John Thompson. Led by Patrick Ewing, Georgetown showed its dominance on the court. Off the court, their importance to the black community is explored.
Episode 37

NBA: It's Fantastic

NBA: It's Fantastic
Episode 38

Contempt: LA vs. Boston

The NBA's greatest team rivalry – fierce on the court and acrimonious off it.
Episode 39

The First Lottery

The First Lottery
Episode 40

Signature Moves: The Mind

A look at the strangest free throw shooting techniques in the sport’s history, followed by a breakdown of the pick and roll, and the art of flopping.
Episode 41

Born to Coach

Born to Coach
Episode 42

Glastnost: The Walls Come Down

A look at how the game of basketball became international, starting with coach John McLendon and a later wave of stars. In light of the emerging international talent, the US is unexpectedly beaten at the 1988 Olympics, finishing with the bronze medal.
Episode 43

Little Big Men

A history of small players, including Bob Cousey, Becky Hammon, Chris Paul, Spud Webb, and Muggsy Bogues.
Episode 44

Air Jordan

Michael Jordan takes over the NBA: the building of a player, brand, and a pop culture icon.
Episode 45

Magic

Magic
Episode 46

College Coaches: The Changing of the Guard

The success stories of Jim Valvano at NC State, Rollie Massimino at Villanova, and Denny Crum at Louisville opened the door for other unique styles of coaching that supplanted the success and star power of their predecessors.
Episode 47

Dream Team

Dream Team
Episode 48

The Coach and the Killer: Phil Jackson and MJ

Phil Jackson brings outside-the-box thinking and tactics to his role as the coach of the Chicago Bulls. His blend of psychology and the triangle offense is just the formula to get the most out of his roster of big personalities.
Episode 49

Pat Versus Geno

Pat Versus Geno
Episode 50

The W

Following the impressive gold-medal showing from the 1996 USA Women’s Basketball Olympic team, NBA commissioner David Stern launches the WNBA in 1997 to make professional basketball more inclusive for women.
Episode 51

The Spurs Way

The Spurs Way
Episode 52

NCAA: Pay or Play?

NCAA: Pay or Play?
Episode 53

Triangle: Kobe, Shaq, and Phil

Triangle: Kobe, Shaq, and Phil
Episode 54

Size Matters

Size Matters
Episode 55

LeBron Enters

LeBron Enters
Episode 56

The Decision

The Decision
Episode 57

America's Game

America's Game
Episode 58

Battles Royale

Battles Royale
Episode 59

Analytically Correct

Analytically Correct
Episode 60

Golden State Emerges

Golden State Emerges
Episode 61

Basketball Hysteria

Basketball Hysteria
Episode 62

Basketball Pass

Basketball Pass

About this Show

Basketball: A Love Story

A series of short stories that feature interviews with basketball's most prominent figures and explores the complex nature of love as it relates to the game. With insights and perspectives about race, politics, media, business, and entertainment.

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