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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There is a degree of hedonism 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. I fully expected this to become one of my favorite sports books.

This book is for basketball fans and historians, period. The team was full of enigmatic and idiosyncratic players and leaders such as the pearoman owner Jerry Buss, the egomaniac head coach Pat Riley, the aloof and curmudgeonly Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the preternaturally charismatic Magic Johnson. We learn a lot about West, Buss, Riley, players or even Lakers’ staff. Big Hair and Plastic Grass.

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Witness to a Trial. Many of the stories here have been told before, but Pearlman manages to make it all seem fresh and new. Readers will be unsurprised when Pearlman focuses now and then on the Larry Bird—Magic Johnson relationship and the on-court enmity of the Lakers and Celtics.


Lakers of the s became, by mid-decade, an extraordinary basketball team, perhaps the best ever, and if their flamboyant style on and off the court belied their discipline and frequent sheer brilliance, it merits the enthusiastic and wide-ranging treatment that Pearlman gives it. What if McKinney doesn’t have his freak bicycle accident and remains head coach — do the Lakers go on to win five titles in 10 years?

That lasted for all of 10 minutes as he reminded them what value he was on the court. None of these are new revelations, but credit the author with creating a captivating and entertaining story out of such familiar material. There are a lot of stories in this book. Jeff Pearlman has become one of my favorite writers.

It wouldn’t be a Showtime story without Magic versus Bird. Westhead would require his players to run the same way down the court every time, to run the same set plays where they stood around; the opposite of Showtime. From Sweetness, a very complicated portrait of Walter Payton that pulled no punches, to books such as Boys Will Be Boys covering the athletic, litigious, and criminal exploits of the s Cowboys and their staff and The Bad Guys Won doing much of the same for the Mets the former writer for Sports Illustrated sticks t Jeff Pearlman has carved out a nice little niche for himself chronicling the more sordid off-the-field aspects of some of the most beloved teams and athletes of yesterday.


Pearlman chronicles the rise and fall of the transcendent ‘s “Showtime Lakers” from Jim Buss’ acquisition of the franchise to Magic Johnson’s first retirement. Jerry Buss purchased the team from Jack Kent Cooke.

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Johnson is a womanizing whore dog, Spencer Haywood is a drug fiend and Mark Landsberger is just plain dumb. The Bad Guys Won. This iwas pretty good. Speaking of Kareem, I already disdained the man before reading the book, and inexplicably that disdain jevf have just been augmented.

In basketball, I am a Houston Rockets fan through and through, but I can appreciate great teams and talent. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Jim will be remembered as one of the greatest franchise owners of all time. What if they chose Arkansas’ Sidney Moncrief instead of Magic Johnson as many in the organization wanted? Jeff brings it all to life with thorough and tireless background and interviews from lesser-known-characters.

The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton. Apr 12, Samuel rated it it was amazing.

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Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Those Guys Have All the Fun. Tempo-free statistics would have been helpful to add to this book, it’s a lot easier to get a triple-double when there are possessions a game versus only Oearlman Choose a language for shopping. Sign up for more newsletters here.

I highly recommend this book. The Book of Basketball. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.