The docuseries, titled “Dope,” will trace Johnson’s greatness on the court and contributions off of it. Basketball documentaries became a thing following “The Last Dance” series about Michael Jordan and the Bulls. It is now available on NetFlix.
Per Brown, the documentary on Johnson “will trace Johnson’s upbringing in Lansing, Mich., through his championship career with the Lakers as well as his HIV/AIDS activism.”
Johnson and the Lakers won five championships in the 1980s. His last Finals appearance came against Jordan and the Bulls in 1991.
Johnson abruptly retired before the start of the next season after learning he had the AIDS virus. He attempted a comeback in 1996 but appeared in just four games before retiring for good.
He later became an executive for the franchise, helping to bring LeBron James to LA.
Johnson is 6-foot-9 and considered by many as the greatest point guard of all time, his combination of ball-handling and passing not seen before nor since from a player of his size.
“Produced by XTR and New Slate Ventures, the project, originally planned as a feature film, boasts never-before-seen footage and interviews with Johnson and others to ‘offer an unprecedented look at one of sport’s all-time greats,’ according to the announcement,” Brown wrote.
A release date for the docuseries has not been revealed.