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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Would you like us to take another look at this review? Jeff Pearlman is an American sports writer. There is also definitely enough new information here to appeal to even the most die-hard Laker fans. He was a frequent contributor to ESPN.

‘Showtime’ by Jeff Pearlman

They defeated the Celtics in the Boston Garden to win the championship. It’s one of the great What Ifs of professional sports: Whenever I discuss basketball with my friends or look at stats, I usually split it into two eras — the era before Magic and Bird were drafted pre and after. Jul 19, Paul Petcavage rated it really liked it. Pearlman does a good job of illustrating both the personalities of those involved and helping the peqrlman grasp what it was like to “be there”.

Unfortunately I’m comparing him to his last book, and that simply isn’t fair. There is no debate: Ratings and Reviews 2 6 star ratings 2 reviews. Basketball is a game and distraction for some, but many defined and committed to making it their careers and lives; perhaps no team in no era has done so as wholeheartedly as the Los Angeles Lakers during the s.


He was a football-playing hero to millions, true, but he was also a human being of considerable complexity. I read the bulk of it in a little over a week. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. I was too young to know about Showtime of the late 70’s -early 80’s, so a lot of what I read was news to me.

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Buss buying the team and culminating pearlmam Magic’s first retirement. 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.

Presumably you entered the contest because the book caught your eye, you made the necessary entry requirements, and you were selected as a winner out jerf who knows how many other applicants. Pearlman ably demonstrates how deeply flawed human beings can nonetheless create a near-flawless beauty on the court.

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Mar 12, Troy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: There are even a few new anecdotes in here for die-hard fans. Instead of giving us the entire picture, this book reads as a behind the scenes look at the era. Lots of stories you may or may not know, and I thoroughly enjoyed how the personal stories of those involved were weaved in to fit chronologically as well as to tell you what was happening behind the scenes during those stellar seasons.

Start reading Showtime on your Kindle in under a minute. Apr 08, Troy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Byron Scott was both tough-minded and an able teammate, a better shooter and athlete than often given credit for.

Pearlman also doesn’t pull any punches, either, making sure the reader knows that Kareem is arrogant and unlikable, Magic is a sex addict and truly runs the Lakers, and Riley is paranoid and a megalomaniac. From Booklist Some books about jeff think George Plimpton or David Halberstam are the equivalent of literary fiction; some say, John Feinstein compare favorably with serious nonfiction about other subjects.


Between andthe Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them. But, though not gelling immediately, the L.

Even more than Uwe Blab. Pearlman is a strong writer who diligently mined the media of the era to fill in any gaps from his plethora of interviews. Showtime is a great show indeed, full of colorful and complicated characters as well as a trove of details that even pearlmaan most passionate fans will be amazed to learn.

It makes the story accessible to a broader audience than ieff fans of that particular team. Please try again later. I was glad to hear that he was legit in his lifestyle. A wonderful read and it flowed nicely. This is a vivid portrait of a great team, in full. And a fantastic one. Dec 14, Matt rated it liked it. The team mutineed and Riley was replaced by Mike Dunleavy who did a good job getting the aged and worn-out Lakers to the finals against the Pearlan the last gasp of Showtime.

The Celtics had won eight times.

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

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I loved this book very much. Ultimately the two alpha dogs could not coexist.