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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This is a vivid portrait of a great team, in full. Boys Will Be Boys. I’m a lifelong Lakers fan and I read, watch, and listen to almost anything Lakers-related, so perhaps my review should be taken with a grain of salt. No analytics back then, alas. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: It is gossipy, at times sensationally so particularly in regard to drug use and sexand sometimes sophomoric and cruelly demeaning of lesser playersbut it imparts hard-won inside knowledge, and it is certainly entertaining.

Payton as perhaps the greatest all-around football player ever, a generous teammate and a loving father.


Apr 12, Samuel rated it it was amazing. The Battle of Alberta. Up, Up, and Away. The team was full of enigmatic and idiosyncratic players and leaders such as the womanizing owner Jerry Buss, the egomaniac head coach Pat Riley, the aloof and curmudgeonly Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the preternaturally charismatic Magic Johnson.


The Lakers were in eight NBA Finals in the decade, and the book recounts them all, and all the backstories, and everything in between. I highly recommend this book.

Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the s by Jeff Pearlman

He slams both Westhead and Riley for considering themselves unassailable coaching geniuses. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. Although Pearlman recognizes the obvious athletic supremacy of these players and the domination of the team, he delivers a number of blows to the throats of some of his principals—noting, especially, the voracious sexual appetites of Buss and Magic Johnson and others. A Wall Street Revolt.

The Los Angeles Lakers of the s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Here’s an overview of what I learned from the book: In one tale, Pearlman writes how, when a young fan asks Landsberger to autograph and put his number on a photo of him, Landsburger signs the picture and the writes his telephone number, thinking the kid asked for that rather than his uniform number.

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. Very comprehensive and well researched. I had hesitated to purchase it before because I thought I had a good idea of what happened during Showtime era but Jeff gives so much inside info that I wasn’t aware of!


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The reporting Pearlman does is great. He tells it how it is or wasand appears to do so impartially!

He was accused of “hating white people,” ignored or belittled autograph seekers, and was the opposite of Magic, who he repeatedly scolded to “calm down” his rookie season. That being said, I’m not sorry I bought it. The Red Kelly Story.

I grew up shostime the s and I have vivid memories of the Showtime Lakers and their rivalries with the Celtics, Pistons, and my hometown 76ers.

Some are familiar, some aren’t. 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.

The only book I haven’t read yet is his Payton biography. The of the court stuff jeff so revealing, I found myself bugged eyed reading the page. The Bad Guys Won: A must read for anyone with the slightest interest in basketball. Jeff Pearlman has become one of my favorite writers. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

Once you jefc “Showtime,” you won’t be able to put it down.