What you need to know about the new Fox Sports 2 documentary series “The Best of Rivals”
It’s the new documentary series that’s bringing you the best of the best from the NBA, and it’s about how players from every continent and every time period have come together to compete for the greatest championship ever.
The series will bring the world’s greatest basketball players and coaches together for one hour every Monday night, starting with Kobe Bryant’s infamous “No Love” speech in which he took a jab at NBA superstar LeBron James, who was suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced of him telling teammate LeBron James he didn’t need to play for the Cavaliers because he didn ‘t need the money.
“It’s one of the greatest moments in sports history.
It’s a great moment in sports.
And you can’t believe that Kobe Bryant was the one to bring it to life,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said.
“But there’s no doubt that it’s a moment in time that speaks to what we’re all trying to do, which is get people in our industry to think about their lives and their careers and their families and their futures.”
The series is based on the book “The Top 10 Best Players of All Time,” a new ESPN documentary series airing every Monday on ESPN.
Each week, Windhorts, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and other athletes will interview the greatest basketball coaches and players of all time for a new episode, including Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Steve Nash, Kobe’s brother Shaquill and others.
It’s the latest installment of the series, which has been running since 2012, and the first in a series that began in 2009 with “The Game,” which featured the same trio of hosts and guests.
“The Power of The Four,” which ran in 2011, also featured Bryant and Bryant, who starred for the Lakers from 1980-91, as well as Shaquilles son, Shaquan.
The new series, titled “The 10 Best of the Best,” features a rotating cast of hosts that includes ESPN’s David Aldridge, who is also a former NBA player, and Chris Berman, ESPN’s senior basketball writer.
It also features ESPN Films senior producer David Jacoby, former NBA writer and current writer for “The Score,” who will join Windhorsts team on “The First 100 Days,” and “The Last 50.”
“I am thrilled to join a team of talented and talented people in the ESPN family and this is an amazing opportunity to be a part of the process,” Bryant said in a statement.
“To get this started is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned along the way.”
Aldridge, Bryant and Berman will be joined by former Lakers star Shaquil Barrett and current Warriors forward Draymond Green.
The cast also includes NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, former Celtics star and current TNT analyst Scottie Pippen, former Raptors star Kenny Smith and former Rockets player Jason Kidd.
“The 10 best players of the past 50 years, from all over the world, have joined together for this series,” Berman said.
“‘The 10 Most Iconic Players of the Past 50 Years’ is the ultimate collection of all the greatest players from the past.
We have a fantastic team and we have a special story to tell.””
The best of Rivals,” which is available on DVD, digital download, iTunes and the ESPN app, premieres on Monday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.
Follow along with Windhorsey, Bryant, Shaq, Aldridge and Bennett on Twitter.ESPN is offering a $1,000 Amazon gift card for viewers who sign up for the series.
The 10Best.com exclusive series will air every Monday at 8:00 p.ms.
ET, and will include a special appearance from NBA legends Shaquillian Barkley, Shaqua O’Neil, Shaqs son, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the late Shaquaun Wint, among others.
“Every Monday night in the first half of the hour, ESPN will bring you the top 10 greatest NBA players and players from each continent and time period, and we’ll also bring you some of the biggest stories of the day,” ESPN says.
“It’s an incredible time to be an ESPN fan,” Barrett said in an exclusive statement.
Bennett and Wint were among the NBA stars invited to appear in the series as well, and they will be featured in the documentary series, too.
The duo will be interviewed on “Inside the NBA” with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“I’m excited to be part of this new series and I’m excited for this new audience,” Barrett added.
“It’s a fantastic chance for me to be able to share the story of Shaquile, Shaaq, Shaan and all of the great moments of my life.
I think I’ll share some of my favorite stories of Shaq and Sha