Former NBA player and NYC playground legend Lloyd Daniels is the focus of a new documentary which premiered last night. It was directed by Benjamin May and executive produced by New York Knicks forward, Carmelo Anthony.
"The Legend of Swee' Pea" chronicles Daniels' basketball career and his life struggles off the court.
“There is perhaps no sport that creates legends like basketball does, and there was perhaps no bigger basketball legend in the 1980’s and ‘90’s than that of Lloyd Daniels,” May, a Minnesota Neuroradiologist turned film director said. “As a fan of the game I was enthralled with Lloyd’s amazing story of tragedy, triumph and perseverance and we are proud to tell his cautionary tale to an audience who may be aware, but more importantly a legion of basketball fans of a younger generation who may not know the story. It is one for the ages, and frankly one that is probably not yet done.”
Daniels was nicknamed "Swee' Pea" after the cartoon character in Popeye. He played over 20 pro seasons, including five seasons in the NBA.
The Legend of Swee' Pea- Official Trailer from Benjamin May on Vimeo.