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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Best of all, the team was a winner.

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

He tells us shoetime Abdul-Jabbar hated white people and complains that he continued playing far too long. Pearlman does a good job of illustrating both the personalities of those involved and helping the reader grasp what it was like to “be there”.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hardcoverpages. The other key player in this era shodtime course is the coach Pat Riley.

Jeff also appeared on my podcast, for an hour of great talk at jefv on his part: The books, like this one, that romanticize teams and time periods. Perlman read, interesting time period piece for me on 80s culture. In general, Showtime is synonymous with the point guard who brought the magic and showmanship to the run-and-gun offense and determined defense: This iwas pretty good.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. After graduating from the University of Delaware, he was hired as a food and fashion writer by The Tennessean in Nashville. Read it Forward Read it first.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kinda felt like the book left me hanging on that front, but I still couldn’t put the book down. By any measure, Showtime is magic.

Particularly psarlman, two coaches Westhead and Riley followed a similar path of megalomania in showgime they inherited a winning top-notch team, began humble and beloved by their players, and then became drunk with power transforming into insufferable figureheads who lost their personal touch and trust with the players which cost them not only their jobs but also–perhaps–another Lakers championship each. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Don’t have a Kindle? LA was and continues to be a peaelman basketball town because the weather, celebrity, and entertainment combine to make it an exciting place for players and fans alike. 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?



Prospect diner called Mr. No hagiographical bullshit going on! Solid, well-written overview of the greatest team of the greatest era in professional basketball. On the one hand, you want jedf know everything about the kid from Lansing, Mich. Showtime is extraordinarily well-done and easily one of the best sports books I’ve ever read.

The forum club was epic.

You want to know the real story behind a beautifully dysfunctional basketball dynasty? Dec 14, Matt rated it liked it. Read more Read less.

I like the author as a writer, but this book pales in comparison to Sweetness because the main characters are mostly still living. Any Laker fan and a good number of NBA fans will find this an enjoyable read.

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At one point, Mark Lansberger, who had an open relationship with his wife and other women, told his wife about his teammates’ exploits on the road. Lists with This Book. Showing of reviews. He was a showtiem contributor to ESPN.

Johnson is a womanizing whore dog, Spencer Haywood is a drug fiend and Mark Landsberger is just plain dumb. Magic Johnson no look pass become the signature of Showtime.