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 book is is an easy read and is very entertaining. That said, this felt like the weaker of his books. What’s great about Pearlman’s team chronicles is that they deeply cover both sides of the team – what they did while on and off of the field. Any sports fan will enjoy this book. Many of us remember the Showtime Lakers.

Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Payton as perhaps the greatest all-around football player ever, a generous teammate and a loving father. Magic, Coop, Kareem, Rambis. The cocaine-fueled downfall of Spencer Haywood and other Lakers is difficult and almost impossible to imagine today.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Write a customer review. Basically has short intro with how Jerry Buss bought the team and then goes right into the year when the Lakers won the championship in Magic’s rookie year.

The book reads like and five-star sports documentary. Of course the rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird appears in these pages but is downplayed a bit because this is about the Lakers and their dynasty.


Not only it is fun to watch but also it can win championship. You submitted the following rating and review. Great if you’re a Laker fan or grew up with the NBA of that era, decent for anyone else.

May 07, Arjun rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Thoroughly researched and phenomenally written.

Oct 07, Pages. Seriously, read the book.

This book will raise your basketball history IQ by at least 10 pts. Twelve years of game seasons, each going to the postseason, nine of which ended in the NBA Finals.

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Fans would send him their antique jazz records and he would show appreciation, but later became angry and distant again. The Los Angeles Lakers of the s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Boys Will Be Boys. Norm Nixon and Magic competed both with the same women and at point guard. Some are familiar, some aren’t. There is no debate: I have to admit that while the sexual promiscuity of many pro showtome is no ;earlman, the stories told hsowtime the Showtime Lakers in this book were shocking to me.

Oct 14, Scott Martin rated it really liked it. Buss buying the team and culminating in Magic’s first retirement. Can’t wait to read his next one. This book is for basketball fans and historians, period. The books, like this one, that romanticize teams and time periods. Read more Read less. And he, coupled with the mercurial, sometimes inscrutable, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar formed ejff nucleolus of one of the most compelling and greatest dynasties NBA history.

You don’t even have to be a Laker fan to enjoy this books, it’s SO well-written.

Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s

And while a few players were using drugs it was really the partying in general and women that were center stage for these fellows off the court. The Lakers players interviewed for the book even use terms like “underrated” to describe Bird– he was unstoppable for many of them. How Showtime was born and how it grew up and finally died. The story begins with the long-forgotten inventor of Showtime: A fast paced and fascinating portrayal of the most exciting period in Lakers history.


In addition to winning several championships and introducing “three-peat” into the sports lexicon and US Patent office the syowtime engaged in heaping quantities of marital infidelity and featured a seemingly revolving door of truly strange characters and I’m showing some keff here by avoiding oearlman clear of an obvious central casting reference.

I was very excited to read this book. 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.

Apr 12, Ruel rated it really liked it. He was a frequent contributor to ESPN. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Loved every page I was too young to know about Showtime of the late 70’s -early 80’s, so a lot of what I read was news to me. As my Dad wrote in the book cover before gifting this book to me: