The Los Angeles Lakers of the s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin. Buy Showtime. Showtime Book Cover Buy from AmazonBuy from Barnes & NobleBuy from BAM!Buy from IndieBoundBuy from iTunesBuy from Penguin. Showtime by Jeff Pearlman The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons When March Went Mad by Seth Davis Dream Team by Jack McCallum When the Game Was.

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Of course Magic Johnson takes center stage with his effervescent personality and larger than life persona who really defined the Showtime era. Fascinating to read what actually happened to Jack McKinney, why Paul Westhead lost his job, Kareem’s moody behavior, and Pat Riley, an extremely hard worker who ended with a runaway ego.

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Jim Buss was a visionary and helped put basketball back on the map, by turning the forum into a major entertainment venue with celebrities, style, and high production value. When the Game Was Ours.

Reading story after story about the ico If you’re a fan of basketball or the Lakers, then read this book. Apr 15, Tom Gase rated it it was amazing. There are a lot of stories in this book. From these interviews he pieces together a story that flows smoothly, brings history to life, and is entertaining to read The cocaine-fueled downfall of Spencer Haywood and other Lakers is difficult and almost impossible to imagine today. The Bad Guys Won. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I was glad to hear that he was legit in his lifestyle. The only book I haven’t read yet is his Payton biography. There’s something to be said about reviewing a book won on these giveaways. Very comprehensive and well researched. If you like the NBA and the Showtime period it’s a must read.

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It is hard to imagine the era. Instead of giving us the entire picture, this book reads as a behind the scenes look at the era. Jerry Buss’ purchase of the team in to Magic’s press conference in The Laker team basically imploded, which led Laker assistant and afterthought hire Pat Riley to be thrust into the limelight as coach, who was announced by Buss as a “co-coach” with Jerry West, which West vehemently denied.

His wife gossipped with the others and internal scandal insued. Showtime spans the Lakers from Dr. And finally we see the transition from the Lakers to the Bad Boy Pistons late in the decade who were overtaken by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Customers who bought this item also bought. I like the author as a writer, but this book pales in comparison to Sweetness because the main characters are mostly still living. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Can’t wait to read his next one. Stay in Touch Sign up. Raised in the Kobe era of the Los Angeles Lakers, this was a very interesting and historical read. One could write an entire book about Game 6. No basketball fan’s bookshelf will be complete without it.

Pearlman hsowtime doesn’t pull any punches, either, making sure the reader knows that Kareem is arrogant and unlikable, Magic is a sex addict and truly runs jef Lakers, and Riley is paranoid and a megalomaniac.

Jeff Pearlman has done an outstanding job of writing about that era, covering the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime dynasty that really kicked off when the team drafted Earvin “Magic” Johnson and basically ended with his announce Before LeBron James and the Miami Heat, before Carmello Anthony and the Knicks, even before Michael Jordan, the culture of the NBA was changing to the glitzy, cocaine-fueled, rich athletes, elitism, party time that it is now and the Lakers were frontrunners of that evolution.


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The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton. Between andthe Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them.

There is a degree of shostime in this time, with drug use, prodigious sexual activity, fast money and dumb decisions, but there is also some of the greatest basketball to have ever been played. Seven Seconds or Less.

Sometimes Pearlman writes about Kareem as if he’s aiming to settle a score, and sometimes Pearlman seems to enjoy criticizing Pat Riley, but aside from those minor bits of turbulence, reading this book is like watching the vaunted LA Fast Break go on a run. Pearlmna Upon a Time in Russia.

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He gives the ppearlman an idea of how weird Kurt Rambis was. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. He would forbid wives from coming on the road and demand that they have one mission during peaflman season– keep their husbands happy. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. But the Bulls weren’t champions until the 90s and in the periphery of my collective sports consciousness, I vividly remember watching one of the epic Celtics-Lakers battles at a small Mt.

That was a disservice to the sport, the Lakers, and everyone who appreciates NBA history.