The upcoming docuseries “Shut Up and Dribble” has a new first-look clip — watch it below — with Showtime announcing this week that the three-part series will premiere Saturday, Nov. 3.
The remaining two episodes will premiere Nov. 10 and Nov. 17.
The project from executive producers LeBron James, Maverick Carter And Gotham Chopra examines the cultural and political evolution of the NBA athlete.
“Narrated by acclaimed sports journalist and commentator Jemele Hill, the three-part documentary series is a powerful inside look at the changing role of NBA athletes through the lens of our shifting cultural and political environment,” Showtime says in an announcement for the series. “Hill is … one of the many luminaries featured in the documentary that includes former NBA players, executives, sports journalists and pop-culture icons.”
The announcement adds: “‘Shut Up and Dribble’ takes its title from conservative pundit Laura Ingraham’s remarks directed at LeBron James in February after players from the Golden State Warriors declined an invitation to the White House following the 2018 NBA Finals. The controversy serves as a prologue to the series as it chronicles the modern history of the NBA and its players, including the 1976 merger of the freewheeling ABA and the more conventional NBA. The league soon became an incubator for many of its top athletes to grow their brands beyond the court, becoming powerful players in commerce and fashion, and transcending the game to become cultural icons. ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ charts this evolution through the experience of basketball players, who by taking control of their own destinies have helped to bring about social change and use their platform for a broader purpose.”
Here’s a look …