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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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. A wonderful read and it flowed nicely. Reading made me wonder why anyone ever wanted to become or remain a Laker.

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Mar 04, Pages. Sometimes Pearlman writes about Kareem as if he’s aiming to settle a score, and sometimes Pearlman seems to enjoy criticizing Pat Riley, but aside from those minor bits of turbulence, reading this book is like watching the vaunted LA Fast Break go on a run. You don’t even have to be a Laker fan to enjoy this books, it’s SO well-written. 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.

It is somewhat formulaic how Pearlman, after first mentioning a name in the context of the team will then provide the back story of how their lives and how they came to join the franchise.

Overall, it was shhowtime engaging read, and while the style was somewhat formulaic for sports writing, the stories involved were supremely engaging. I guess this falls under the “know thy enemy clause” as I hate the Lakers and am a die-hard Celtics fan Explore the Home Gift Guide. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Keff you for signing up!


Read it Forward Read it first. Pearlman also predictably devotes significant quantities of ink to stars such as Kareem and Magic and he is so meticulous with his research and approach that he is able to share quality material about them as well. Delaware won the game with a score of 44—7.

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

That, for me, is the sports equivalent to the JFK assassination in terms of knowing where you were when it happened I was walking down the street in Normal, Illinois going to a class at Illinois State University. Jfff in Touch Sign up. It wouldn’t be a Showtime story without Magic versus Bird. You might come away with a greater appreciation. March 4, Imprint: Jerry Buss’ purchase of the team in to Magic’s press conference in And the game descriptions meant a heavy YouTube usage.

Payton as perhaps the greatest all-around football player ever, a generous teammate and a loving father. The review must be at least 50 characters long. The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.

It’s a book any NBA fan – any sports fan – will devour, likely in one or two sittings. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Buss lived like Hugh Hefner with multiple women and a party lifestyle; Magic famously enjoyed that lifestyle as well and paid heavily for it later with HIV. Presumably shpwtime entered the contest because the book caught your eye, you made the necessary entry requirements, and you were selected as a winner out of who knows how many other applicants.


Pearlman also doesn’t pull any punches, either, making sure the reader knows that Kareem is arrogant and unlikable, Magic is a sex pearlmaj and truly runs the Lakers, and Riley is paranoid and a megalomaniac.

Although Pearlman recognizes the obvious athletic supremacy of these players and the domination of the team, he delivers a number of blows to the throats of some of his principals—noting, especially, the voracious sexual appetites of Buss and Magic Johnson and others. The Bad Guys Won.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Some bubbles do get burst, however, as Pearlman delves into the dirt that was shrouded by all the glitz and glamour. Magic Johnson no look pass become the signature of Showtime.

Jeff Pearlman is an American sports writer. The Red Kelly Story.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was always reading, never fooled, and unfriendly with outsiders.