Director Dan Klores loves basketball and is convinced other true believers love the sport in a way deeper and differently than fans of other sports.
That belief has been evident in the filmmaker’s past work, notably “Black Magic” (2008), about basketball at historically black colleges, and “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks” (2010).
But those documentaries were only a warmup for his latest hoops-related project with ESPN, “Basketball: A Love Story,” an epic opus that premieres tonight and will air over five Tuesdays stretching into November, four hours a night, for a total of 20 hours.
The documentary is comprised of 62 short stories related to all aspects of the game. It also covers how the sport has impacted societal issues such as the civil and women’s rights movements, and explores technical aspects of the game such as LeBron James explaining in detail his signature drives to the basket.
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