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Jerry West Threatens Supreme Court Action For 'Winning Time'

Jerry West on an NBA court.

19 Dec 1998: Jerry West looks on during the Las Vegas Shootout between the Arizona Wildcats and the Iowa State Cyclones at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Navada. Arizona defeated Iowa St. 75-61.

It appears Jerry West will take legal action against HBO's "Winning Time."

West has made it clear he's not happy with how he's portrayed in the popular 8-episode series about the rise of the Lakers dynasty. He sent a letter to HBO from his attorney, Louis R. Miller, last week.

“You replaced the real Jerry West — a consummate professional — with his polar opposite, then portrayed this lie to the public as genuine,” the letter reads, via the Los Angeles Times. “You thereby violated the law.”

“... To mitigate the harm you have caused, we request the issuance of a retraction of Winning Time’s false depiction of Jerry West no later than two weeks from the date of this letter. You also owe Mr. West an apology for your hurtful misrepresentation of his work and legacy, plus damages for the harm you caused to his well-earned and stellar reputation.”

West isn't stopping there. He told sports editor Bill Dwyre he's willing to take this all the way to the Supreme Court if he has to.

“The series made us all [the Lakers] look like cartoon characters,” West told Dwyre. “They belittled something good. If I have to, I will take this all the way to the Supreme Court.”

It's unclear if West could actually have a case against HBO. "Winning Time" is a dramatized portrayal of the Lakers' rise. It fictionalizes certain parts.

This appears to be just the start of West's battle against HBO and its Lakers-themed series.