'Swagger': 5 things about basketball drama based on the early life of Kevin Durant
Basketball dramas and movies just add to the flavor of the ongoing NBA 2021-22 season. Apple TV+ is all set to stream 'Swagger' the much-awaited sports drama inspired by NBA star Kevin Durant’s experiences in the highly competitive world of youth basketball.
The series falls in the list of basketball content over the last few months and drops weeks after Russell Westbrook's Showtime documentary. The headline-garnering trailer suggests the show will touch on a handful of timely topics including the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement that took the sports world by storm as well. Not to mention the fact that the clip is meant to inspire. Twitter gave the sneak peek a thumbs-up and ahead of the release, here's five things to know about 'Swagger'.
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When will 'Swagger' release and where to watch
The first three episodes of the 10-episode drama will debut globally on Friday, October 29 on Apple TV+ followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday.
Who stars in 'Swagger'
O’Shea Jackson stars as Ike, a former star player-turned- youth basketball coach, Isiah Hill stars as Jace Carson, a basketball star who is one of the top-ranked youth basketball players in the country, Shinelle Azoroh plays Jenna, Jace’s mother, Quvenzhané Wallis plays Crystal, a top young basketball player, Caleel Harris plays Musa, the team’s glue and point guard.
James Bingham plays Drew Murphy, a player from the wealthy part of town, Solomon Irama plays Phil Marksby, the enforcer for an opponent team. Ozie Nzeribe, Tristan Mack Wilds and Jason Rivera round up the rest of the cast.
What is the drama all about
The official synopsis reads: "Inspired by NBA superstar Kevin Durant's experiences, “Swagger” explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it's like to grow up in America."
Reggie Rock Bythewood serves as the showrunner with Durant, Brian Grazer and Rich Kleiman serving as the EPs.