Chat with Dan Klores
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, Dan Klores stops by to chat as part of ESPN.com's tribute to Black History Month and his ESPN 30 for 30 "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks."
Klores, the producer of "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks" an ESPN 30 for 30 film takes a look at how Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times.
Previously, Klores produced and directed "Black Magic" for ESPN. This four-hour, two-part epic examines Civil Rights-era America through the prism of basketball at historically black colleges and universities. The film went on to win the Peabody Award and the 2008 Diversity Award for Best Documentary Feature Non-Theatrical Release.
"Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks" airs March 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Send your questions now and join Klores Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Dan Klores (2:00 PM)
My film "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks" airs March 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Yaw Ofori-Atta (New Jersey)
Are you a Knick fan? What made you want to do this film?
Dan Klores (2:02 PM)
I am a Knicks fan now and I grew up a fan. I'm a friend of Donnie Walsh and I was a Pacers fan when he worked for Indiana. One day Walsh showed me a photo of the horror on the faces of Knicks fans and originally I was going to do a piece of just that photo but decided to do a bigger project.
Describe the process you went through for developing "Winning Time,"?
Dan Klores (2:07 PM)
The first thing is to have the idea, to concentrate on what you want to do. I decide to concentrate on the 1993-95 era. The John head butt and Reggie Miller explosion for 25 points the next season with Pat's finger roll. I watched every playoff game from 1993-95 a couple of times, I read everything that I could and then I put together a list of people I wanted to interview. The last thing was to get Reggie permission. This story is so much bigger then just Reggie Miller and the Knicks. I love the fact that Reggie grew up in the shadow of his sister Sheryl, neither team one a championship since 1973, each team had hall of fame coaches, one superstar each (Reggie and Pat) and a great team of roll players.
Dan, Whats the best sports movie ever?
Dan Klores (2:08 PM)
(laughing) Ragging Bull
Growing up a Knicks fan during that time, I remember Reggie as being unstoppable. Am I blowing it up or was he really that great?
Dan Klores (2:09 PM)
He was really that great especially against the Knicks. As a performance artist, Madison Square Garden was Reggie's stage. Reggie averaged four or five more points against the Knicks than he did against any other team.
Out of all the films you've directed which is your favorite and why?
Dan Klores (2:11 PM)
I don't have a favorite. I have things that I love about each one and there are things that a flawed with each one.
Lee (New York, NY)
I think part of what made the Reggie/Knicks rivalry so special was the electricity of Madison Square Garden during those games. Do you agree?
Dan Klores (2:12 PM)
Yeah, the Garden was packed in those days. You couldn't get a ticket. In Winning Time, pay attention to that. All the major stars who were Knicks fans were there, they wanted to be in the Garden. Ernie Grunfield called it "Juice, there was a lot of Juice in the building."
Hey, what inspired you to work on the Reggie Miller vs. Knicks project?
Dan Klores (2:13 PM)
It had humor and conflict. Those are the two things that turn me on about a story.
do you think house and mcgrady were good trades for the knicks?
Dan Klores (2:15 PM)
I think Walsh has done a brilliant job. He cleared the salary cap and has cleared almost all of those salaries that he was stuck with. Now they can be competitive in the off season. The Knicks were a ship that had sunk until he got there.
Was Reggie's much cooler sister Cheryl involved at all in the filming process? (Sorry, I'm a bitter Knicks fan, haha)
Dan Klores (2:15 PM)
Cheryl is a major part of the film. She lights up the screen.
So Dan, one "Winning Time" by Reggie Miller gets a movie...I guarantee you could fill up to 2.5 hours of "Winning Machine: Michael Jordan vs The New York Knicks" Reggie did it one time, MJ did it numerous times.
Dan Klores (2:17 PM)
Reggie didn't do it one time, he did it time after time. MJ is in the movie because when he retired to play baseball, it gave the Knicks and the Pacers a chance to win a title. Jordan is also in the film as he chokes Reggie Miller.
The Knicks are pretty irrelevant now - why put this out now?
Dan Klores (2:19 PM)
The movie is about what happened 15 years ago. It doesn't matter if the Knicks are winning or losing now. It also gives Knicks fans past and present to relive the good times.
Dan Klores (2:21 PM)
Thanks for all the good questions. I did this film as a doc comedy to opera music. Knicks fans might start crying but they will enjoy reliving the good 'ol days. Watch "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks" March 14 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.