Showtime has revealed the Shut Up and Dribble trailer, which you can view above. The three-part docu-series is executive produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Gotham Chopra, and is a powerful inside look at the changing role of athletes in our fraught cultural and political environment, through the lens of the NBA. Narrated by sports journalist Jemele Hill, Shut Up and Dribble will premiere Saturday, November 3 at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Directed by Gotham Chopra (Tom vs. Time, Kobe Bryant’s Muse), Shut Up and Dribble takes its title from conservative pundit Laura Ingraham’s remarks to James in February after players from the Golden State Warriors declined an invitation to the White House after 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, starting with the 1976 merger of the freewheeling ABA and the more conventional NBA of today. 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 make their own statements in the current political climate.
Shut Up and Dribble is a presentation of Showtime Sports Documentary Films and SpringHill Entertainment. The series is executive produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter, Rich Paul, Gotham Chopra, Martin Desmond Roe, Chris Uetwiller and Datari Turner.