Turner Sports, in association with BRON Studios, will debut the two-night special, The Pathway, on Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19, during TNT’s first round coverage of the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
From the producers of the Sports Emmy Award-winning Last Chance U and hosted & executive produced by Inside the NBA’s Kenny “The Jet” Smith, The Pathway follows emerging basketball prospects – Jonathan Kuminga, Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, and Daishen Nix – as they bypass college to go all in with NBA G League Ignite, with their eyes set on the ultimate prize of playing in the NBA.
Each hour-long episode will air following TNT’s Inside the NBA postgame each night at approximately 1:30 a.m. EST (10:30 p.m. PST).
The Pathway chronicles each player’s dream of reaching the NBA, documenting the extraordinary sacrifices they and their families make, along with the hard work they put in and immense pressure they face to beat the incredible odds and succeed: Kuminga moved from the Congo when he was just 14 years old; Green, the former No. 1 high school player in the nation from Fresno, California, has been in the headlines since 7th grade; and top high school recruits, Todd and Nix, de-committed from storied NCAA programs to join G League Ignite.
Questions abound as they vie to become the next NBA great who skipped college to reach NBA glory. The road is not easy, from competing against older, stronger, more experienced professional NBA players and other talented prospects to impress NBA scouts and General Managers during the NBA Draft Combine, to the anxiety of Draft Night and the added pressure of shining in the NBA Summer League, fans witness what it takes for four young ballers to make their wildest dream of playing in the NBA a reality.
Directed by James D Stern. The Pathway is produced by Endgame Entertainment, whose acclaimed sports docuseries include Last Chance U and Last Chance U: Basketball, along with Film 45, who produced Being Serena and QB1: Beyond The Lights; executive produced by two-time NBA Champion and Inside the NBA’s Kenny “The Jet” Smith; and prolific producer/director Deon Taylor (The Intruder, Meet the Blacks franchise, Fatale starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank) and Aaron L Gilbert from BRON Studios (Fences starring Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, Candyman starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Judas and the Black Messiah starring Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya and Oscar nominee LaKeith Stanfield).