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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Great if you’re a Laker fan or grew up with the NBA of that era, decent for anyone else. The book flowed very nicely and I kept wanting to rush back to it every chance I got. Mar 17, Mario rated it really liked it. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Sbowtime forum club was epic. Norm Nixon and Magic competed both with the same women and at point guard.

And finally we see the transition from the Lakers to the Bad Boy Pistons late in the decade who were overtaken by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. He was a football-playing hero showttime millions, true, but he was also a human being of considerable complexity. He tells it how it is or wasand appears to do so impartially!

So many great names, enjoyed reading about them as people, as well as players. Overall, while Showtime lacks the shock value of a book like Sweetness its not like there was ever a Spencer Haywood Man of the Year Awardit is a worthwhile read for basketball fans. That said, this book caught my eye immediately. Sgowtime you see it differently, to hell with you. Players also had their struggles with fitting into the team on the court and succumbing to scandals involving drugs and sex off the court.


Jerry Buss purchased the team from Jack Kent Cooke.

Also by Jeff Pearlman. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today. Boys Will Be Boys: Showtime spans the Lakers from Dr. Showtime is structured as a chronological history of the Lakers during the period ranging from when Jack McKinney took over psarlman head coach to Magic Johnson’s retirement announcement. Jim will be remembered as one of the greatest franchise owners of all time. I fully expected this to become one of my favorite sports books.

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A fast one, too. I pearllman Kareem’s sky hook and goofy googles, Magic’s no look shake-and-bake passes, the gangly Michael Cooper playing a supplemental role, long-haired Kurt Rambis a white guy plays for the Lakers?

Showtime is a great show indeed, full of colorful and complicated characters as well as a trove of details that even the most passionate fans will be amazed to learn. He also goes behind the known stories and images pexrlman reveal the faults and frailties of the personalities involved. From these interviews he pieces together a story that flows smoothly, brings history to life, and is entertaining to read You can easily breeze through this book without feeling overwhelmed personally i would read this book when i am already exhausted from reading history books and my brain would feel like its already about to explode from all the historical dates and names that ueff have been reading.


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There is a degree of hedonism in this time, with drug use, prodigious sexual activity, fast money and dumb decisions, but there is also some of the greatest basketball to have ever been played. Magic, Kareem, Riley, West Twelve years of game seasons, each going to the postseason, nine of which ended in the NBA Finals. Those Guys Have All the Fun. 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 t 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.

He was ostracized and later traded.