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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The reporting Pearlman does is great. And to complete all this information he has talked even to several of Lakers’ wifes. 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.

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Basketball is a game and distraction for some, but many defined and committed to making it their careers and lives; perhaps no team in no era has done so as wholeheartedly as the Los Angeles Lakers during the s.

Best of all, the team was a winner. Halberstam would have ehowtime the first to insist that we not confuse fiction with nonfiction, jdff that we not mistake biography — the telling of a life — for hagio graphy — the burnishing of a legend.

I give it eparlman out of five stars. Between andthe Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them. He also goes behind the known stories and images to reveal the faults and frailties of the personalities involved. We could say that he was who really started Showtime but unfortunately he didn’t get to win the ring because of his accident, but here pearlmwn find wide recognition for his achievements recognising the needs of the team and which attack system his players were able to run.


Johnson is a womanizing whore dog, Spencer Haywood is a drug fiend and Mark Landsberger is just plain dumb.

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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. Age, ego and an evolving series of opponents will eventually overcome all sports dynasties. The author then moves forward chronologically, pausing continually to sketch both the darkness and lightness in the biography of the person under his lens at the moment.

Given the nickname “Showtime” for their uptempo style of play, their star power and the overall ambiance associated with the franchise in LA in that decade, they became more than just a basketball team, but a separate form of entertainment in a city built on such things. I would recommend those who love basketball and want to understand more. In basketball, I am a Houston Rockets fan through and through, but I can appreciate great teams and talent.

Looking for More Great Reads? The Lakers players interviewed for the book even use terms like “underrated” to describe Bird– he was unstoppable for many of them.

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Jul 31, Lorenz rated it it was amazing. May 07, Arjun rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Shhowtime 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 pearllman a runaway ego.

For an audiobook, the reader was engaging, and while he would sometimes try to talk in quasi-accents, he did not go over the top. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

From these interviews he pieces together a story showwtime flows smoothly, brings history to life, and is entertaining to read Jeff Pearlman, typically, delivers the goods, celebrating them for their achievements, pulling no punches on the subject of their shortcomings.


Any Laker fan and a good number of NBA fans will find this an enjoyable read. The title should be at least 4 characters long.

Magic and Kareem didn’t drink or use drugs, but Magic was known to host Playboy-style orgies where profligacy was mandated. As a kid growing up in Los Angeles during the 80s and 90s, I was all about Showtime. From Booklist Some books about sports think George Plimpton or David Halberstam are the equivalent of literary fiction; some say, John Feinstein compare favorably with serious nonfiction about other subjects.

The endless oral histories. 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 Any sports fan will enjoy this book. The story begins with the long-forgotten inventor of Showtime: The Lakers’ most satisfying championship was probably the one.

See all books by Jeff Pearlman. It was wild, wild, wild and over the top times for Magic and the boys in Los Angeles. He gives the reader an idea of how weird Kurt Rambis was. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Write a customer review. And Pat Riley probable the greatest coach in the 80 to win 5 championship.

InPearlman was hired by Sports Illustrated, where he spent nearly seven years as a baseball writer. I was too young to know about Paerlman of the late 70’s -early 80’s, so a lot of what I read was news to me.

Mar 10, Gary rated it it was amazing. The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton.