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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The book is not only about the wins and losses of the franchise, but also the successes, struggles, and failures of the individuals associated with the franchise. Being a Chicago suburbanite born in the 70s and forming memories in the 80s, I have vivid recollections of the Michael Jordan era what Received this as a Goodreads Showtie Reads giveaway.

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Many of the stories here have been told before, but Pearlman manages to make it all seem fresh and new. Players also had their struggles with fitting into the team on the court and succumbing to scandals involving drugs and sex off the court. He cost the Lakers’ the crown by hosting a mini-camp before the series where he wore the aging players out, and then a grueling practice with unnecessary drills in Detroit caused an industry to Byron Scott that left the team undermanned.

They were also the most compelling, the most charismatic, the most complex.


He was a football-playing hero to millions, true, but he was also a human being of considerable complexity. LA was and continues to be a great basketball town because the weather, celebrity, and entertainment combine to make it an exciting place for players and fans alike. This book is about my favorite era of NBA basketball. From Booklist Some books about sports think George Plimpton or David Halberstam are the equivalent of literary fiction; some say, John Feinstein compare favorably with serious nonfiction about other subjects.

On the one hand, you want to know everything about the kid from Lansing, Mich. Jeff Pearlman, as is his wont, pries them open and finds … a whole lot of L. Item s unavailable for purchase. Any Laker fan and a good number of NBA fans will find this an enjoyable read. I would recommend those who love basketball and want to understand more. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. This is because the author has filled the book with interesting anecdotes as well as sensationalist stories worthy of a popular tabloid headline.

Mar 12, Troy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: There was a problem adding your email address. By any measure, Showtime is magic.

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Full review to come. In all, I give this book 3. This was an awesome tell all about one of the greatest teams both on and off the court. Read more Read less.

This is a vivid portrait of a great team, in full. Thoroughly researched and phenomenally written. It was Buss who invented the Laker Girls and renovated the Forum Club to be an after-game place pearlmann players could engage with women and celebrities away from their wives. Twelve years of game seasons, each going to the postseason, nine of which ended in the NBA Finals.


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 pearlmsn 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.

Jul 13, Chris Stevens rated it it was amazing.

I loved this book very much. March 4, Imprint: It’s a book any NBA fan – any sports fan – will devour, likely in one or two sittings. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. 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.

Received this as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.