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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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I hate the Lakers, but this was a fun read. 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.

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You want to know the real story behind a beautifully dysfunctional basketball dynasty? Any sports fan will enjoy this book. Mar 02, Dave rated it liked it. A basketball history lesson from the 80’s into the 90’s.

This pearlmqn tells the story behind the box score, and YouTube clips, and it holds nothing back.

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By any measure, Showtime is magic. Mar 10, Gary rated it it was amazing.

He was a football-playing hero to millions, true, but he was also a human being of considerable complexity. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. In the end, as a jdff fan, I enjoyed the book. They defeated the Celtics in the Boston Garden to win the championship.


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Jeff Pearlman is the author of four previous books, including two New York Times bestsellers: If you like the NBA and the Showtime period it’s a must read. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Pat Riley is depicted as an egomaniacal monster.

Apr 08, Troy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Through his relentless reporting and buoyant writing, Jeff Pearlman has delivered the story in full, from rare insight into Kareem and Magic to what ital really ital went on after-hours in the Forum Club.

One person found this helpful. Buss’s insistence that basketball be a show and more than a game to modern offenses stemming from the L The s were a fascinating period of change for the NBA and no one encapsulates the evolution of the league better than the Showtime Lakers.

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Dec 27, Archie Gwathmey rated it it was amazing Shelves: He doesn’t pull any punches — Kareem shoetime painted as a bit of an arrogant prick, Magic is a sex-crazed horndog, Pat Riley is an overbearing control freak douche Magic, Kareem, Riley, West The Celtics had won eight times.

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Great if you’re a Laker fan or grew up with the NBA of that era, decent for anyone else. Jun 21, Justin Tapp rated it liked it Shelves: The forum club was epic.

Jeff also appeared on my podcast, for an hour of great talk at least on his part: 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. How Showtime was born and how it grew up and finally died.

Magic deferred to Kareem and played diplomat among diverse personalities. Jeff Pearlman, as is his wont, pries them open and finds … a whole lot of L.

Even if you’re a Celtics fan you’ll probably enjoy this one. This book is for basketball fans and historians, period.