"He had already had a very successful career as a ball-player and he already had a ring in hand," says Brody, who made his debut on Sunday's episode of the HBO series. "It was about navigating a man’s life in transition and being patient to find the key into the next phase of that journey. That’s really all I wanted to focus on in this initial depiction of life." Brody adds: "When I spoke with (co-creator Max Borenstein) about this, I learned so much more about this struggling phase of (Riley’s) life — this moment of transition between putting a successful ball-playing career to bed and then coming to terms with being retired. This is what athletes face. That was new to me to consider that because I’ve always held Pat Riley in such high regard. He carries himself in such a way that the confidence he exudes is powerful and uplifting. It’s a really wonderful thing to acknowledge that journey."