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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He has written two books about baseball and was the author of the infamous John Rocker interview in Sports Illustrated. It’s one of the great What Ifs of professional sports: Another part I considered very interesting was the one about McKinney.

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

You might come away with a greater appreciation. Starting out less sure of himself than one would imagine, Riley, a great a coach, eventually become the egotist and control freak that the media has painted him out to be.

Solid read for all sports fans and probably a must-read for any NBA junkie. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. The only downsid This book is is an easy read and is very entertaining. 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.


I enjoyed this book from the very first page. 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 we find wide recognition for his achievements recognising the needs of the team and which attack system his players were able to run. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In between I “got to know” Kareem a bit a real ass who didn’t have to beRiley from unassuming replacement coach to egomaniacand an assortment of the cast of characters that came in and out of the Laker doors as so often happens with NBA rosters.

What if the Lakers didn’t win the coin flip in the to earn the first pick of the NBA draft over Chicago? You might come away with a greater appreciation. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It is also hard to imagine that in the early s the NBA Finals were not televised live on the West Coast so as not to preempt hit shows like the Dukes of Hazzard.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I think more in depth research would have been nice. 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?

He was a frequent contributor to ESPN. Which was football’s big trouble last week, it turns out, as lots of folks who should know better took exception to a new biography of Walter Payton. After he stole a Lakers’ player’s phrase “threepeat” and trademarked it, he became obsessed with obtaining it.

The Celtics had won eight times. Pat Riley is depicted as an egomaniacal monster. To preface, I’m a fan of Pearlman’s stuff.


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. The Showtimf Angeles Lakers of the s personified the pearoman and excess of the decade over which they reigned. That was a disservice to the sport, the Lakers, and everyone who appreciates NBA history.

A fast one, too. This is a must-read for Lakers fans, but any fan of 80s-era basketball even the most hardcore Celtics fan will appreciate this. The endless oral histories. Showtime is extraordinarily well-done and easily one of the best sports books I’ve ever read.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Nevertheless, that is not a major flaw and I would still give this book five stars! 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 jus Audiobook.

He’s often left out and I never really hear much about him. Eventually, his ego got the best of him as he became ever more demanding and took every loss increasingly poorly. He was a football-playing hero to millions, true, but he was also a human being of considerable complexity.

Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Magic Johnson’s partying and locker room politicking, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s aloofness, and of course – championship basketball, sex, drugs and strife.

Delaware won the game with a score of 44—7. I could go on but my sentences run on enough as it is. Magic, Kareem, Riley, West