“Swagger” producers on what it took to make a show about youth basketball in America

Producers of the new Apple TV+ sports-themed show “Swagger” inspired by NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s experiences share what it took to make a show about the unforgiving world of youth basketball in America.

The unforgiving world of youth basketball in America

As a sports drama, “Swagger” explores the players along with their families and coaches “who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.” This sports-focused Apple TV+ project was first announced in February of 2018.

“Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America,” Apple notes in the project’s description published on the Apple TV+ Press website. For those wondering, “Swagger” premiered on Apple TV+ on Friday, October 29, 2021.

“Swagger” stars O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Isaiah Hill and Quvenzhané Wallis. As mentioned earlier, the series is based on the experiences lived by basketball player Kevin Durant.

Other cast members include Shinelle Azoroh, Tristan Mack Wilds, Caleel Harris, Tessa Ferrer, Jason Rivera. Solomon Irama, Ozie Nzeribe and James Bingham. “Swagger” is led by showrunner and creator Reggie Rock Bythewood. Stream “Swagger” on Apple TV+, with the first three episodes available right now and new ones coming every Friday.