A documentary honoring the 50th awarding of the Naismith Trophy is heading to U.S. broadcaster CBS.
Titled Naismith 50 Celebration, the hour-long special pays tribute to the past winners of this prestigious annual award given out by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the top men’s and women’s collegiate basketball players.
Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor John Malkovich and produced by Juma Entertainment in conjunction with the Atlanta Tipoff Club, the one-off doc will highlight key moments of the 45 winners from the 31 schools beginning with the inaugural honoree: UCLA’s Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who took home the first Naismith Trophy in 1969.
The program tells the story of the last five decades through interviews with some of the sport’s biggest names, including Michael Jordan (pictured), Bill Walton, Ralph Sampson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Christian Laettner, Isiah Thomas, Chris Webber, Shane Battier, Anthony Davis and Elton Brand.
Naismith 50 Celebration will air April 1 at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.