‘Winning Time’ review: Gratuitous nudity, the Showtime Lakers and Magic Johnson get the TV treatment from Adam McKay

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Early in the first episode of HBO’s “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” soon-to-be team owner Jerry Buss, played in all his tacky-huckster glory by John C. Reilly, is reclining on a water bed at the Playboy mansion. A female companion is curled up asleep in the crook of his arm and he stares at the TV in front of him, transfixed, as he watches basketball: “Goddamn basketball,” he says, almost breathless. “I mean, look at it, it’s like great sex. It’s always moving. It’s rhythmic. It’s up close and personal with no pads or helmets for protection. It’s just you and these other guys o…

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