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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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Heart of the Blackhawks. It follows the dynasty of the “Showtime” Lakers, from creation to its apex, to its inevitable decline.

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

Pat Riley was and is an incredibly successful and influential psychopath. The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton. Magic, Kareem, Pearlmann, West Led by bright stars such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Pat Riley, the Showtime Lakers pioneered a flashy uptempo style, that both turned the league on it’s head and inspired generations of basketball players and fans. I could go on but my sentences run on enough as it is. While some could argue the end of Showtime came with the retirement of Kareem, or the Pistons sweep of the Lakers in or the firing of Pat Riley inbut for Pearlman, the end of Showtime came with the announcement of Magic Johnson in Nov that he was HIV positive.

The forum club was epic. This book is a good, sometimes humorous, chronicle of the Lakers’ dynasty. In general, Showtime is synonymous with the point guard who brought the magic and showmanship to the run-and-gun offense and determined defense: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

The three pointer was a novelty in the s and it’s hard to imagine coaches and pundits so blindly unaware of the inefficiency on offense back then. So while there were certainly times where the season summaries blended into each other and I lost some of my interest, these instances were usually quickly ended by a truly entertaining story or trivia tidbit and the book would then get back on its rails.


I was very excited to read this book. 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. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity—and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment.

Read it Forward Read it first. This book is for basketball fans and historians, period. We see how Johnson made personnel—and even coaching—decisions, on and off the court, and we view the bitterness and jealousy of some of the players.

Tarkanian’s agent sealed the lucrative deal but then was mysteriously murdered and discovered to have many ties with organized crime; Tark backed out of the deal and allegedly never recovered emotionally. 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 to this rather sound formula for his latest book Showtime, a comprehensive look at the Los Angeles Lakers of the eighties.

So many great names, enjoyed reading about them as people, as well as players. But if you like texture, if you want to get the sense of a real life lived by a real person with real beauty within and real warts, start reading and do so with an open mind. Want to Read saving…. He was accused of “hating white people,” ignored or belittled autograph seekers, and was the opposite of Magic, who he repeatedly scolded to “calm down” his rookie season.


Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Stay in Touch Sign up. 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 Showtime is structured as a chronological history of the Lakers during the period ranging from when Jack McKinney took over as head coach to Magic Johnson’s retirement announcement.

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. The team once employed players such as Mark Landsberger who upon joining the team asked Pat Riley “do you guys have any rebounding plays?

‘Showtime’ by Jeff Pearlman

Looking for More Great Reads? Whowtime was a frequent contributor to ESPN. Boys Will Be Boys. No hagiographical bullshit going on! That said, this book caught my eye immediately.

He slams both Westhead and Riley for considering themselves unassailable coaching geniuses. Going into that game, the Celtics showtine Lakers had played for the world championship eight times.

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This is a book you don’t want to finish reading because it is an enjoyable run. Kinda felt like the book left me hanging on that front, but I still couldn’t put the book down. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

While it can have its downsides, there is nothing like Los Angeles, and the mythology of the Showtime Lakers. He tells us that Ehowtime hated white people and complains that he continued playing far too long.