100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

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Overview

This is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of the Los Angeles Lakers. Most fans have taken in a game or two at the Staples Center, have seen highlights of a young Magic Johnson, and remember the epic battles with the Celtics in the 1980s. But only real fans know how the Lakers acquired Hot Rod Hundley, which hobby fascinated both Chick Hearn and Elgin Baylor, or the best place to grab a bite in Los Angeles before the game. Every essential piece of Lakers knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities,...

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Overview

This is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of the Los Angeles Lakers. Most fans have taken in a game or two at the Staples Center, have seen highlights of a young Magic Johnson, and remember the epic battles with the Celtics in the 1980s. But only real fans know how the Lakers acquired Hot Rod Hundley, which hobby fascinated both Chick Hearn and Elgin Baylor, or the best place to grab a bite in Los Angeles before the game. Every essential piece of Lakers knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, is ranked from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist for those on their way to Laker fan superstardom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600786495
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 10/11/2012
  • Series: 100 Things...Fans Should Know Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 810,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Springer is a former sportswriter who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. He is the coauthor of Laker Girl and American Son, with boxer Oscar De La Hoya which made the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in Woodland Hills, California. Bill Sharman was one of the first NBA guards to push his field-goal percentage above .400 for a season (.436 in 1952–53). He still ranks among the top free-throw shooters of all time and he led the league in free-throw shooting for a record seven seasons. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. In 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He lives in Redondo Beach, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Bill Sharman ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Showtime 1

2 Magic-Bird 4

3 The Shaq/Kobe Dynasty 10

4 Kareem 12

5 The Logo 16

6 At Last 19

7 Flying Under the Radar 22

8 The Announcement 25

9 The Shaq-Kobe Feud 30

10 Born at the Back of the Line 33

11 Going West 37

12 The Zen Master 40

13 A Magical Night 42

14 From Clark Kent to Superman 45

15 Riles 50

16 Wilt: Nobody Roots for Goliath 53

17 The Fabulous Forum 57

18 Big Trade for the Big Fella 59

19 The Streak 63

20 The Shaq/Kobe Gamble 66

21 Field of Nightmares 71

22 The Junior Junior Skyhook 73

23 Kobe Gets His Man 82

24 Rings Half a Century Late 86

25 Return to Relevance 88

26 The First Lakers Team 90

27 Gems Before Rings 94

28 Rings 95

29 Why Lakers? 99

30 Return to Carroll 101

31 The First Trip to L.A 102

32 Short Comes Up Short 106

33 Baylor Beats the Bigots 108

34 Lakers vs. the Harlem Globetrotters 110

35 Chick to the Rescue 113

36 Sports Arena: JFK, MLK, UCLA, and NBA 117

37 The Clown Prince 121

38 Rudy 123

39 Nice Shot, Baby 125

40 Lakers-Celtics: Game 8? 128

41 Tight-Fisted Lou Mohs 130

42 The Hawk: Lakers and All That Jazz 132

43 Fred Schaus and That Damn Cigar 133

44 A Laker Corpse? 138

45 A Clock in His Head 139

46 Jim Krebs: His Luck Ran Out 141

47 The Crossword Puzzle 142

48 Lakers-Celtics: Forgetting Those Unforgettable Moments 143

49 Fall Back, Baby 145

50 Life in the Pits 146

51 Dodgers/Lakers: It Almost Happened 147

52 The Wrath of Cooke 150

53 Cooke vs. the Landlord 152

54 The Balloon Game 154

55 Wilt vs. Butch: No Contest 156

56 Another Streak-3,338 Straight 159

57 Pulling a Willis Reed 164

58 Nice Guy Finishes First 166

59 Stumpy 169

60 Redemption at Last 172

61 The Punch 176

62 They Played It for Laughs 178

63 Monopoly as the Game of Life 180

64 Sand Dabs? 185

65 The Dog Days of Jerry West 186

66 The Architect of Showtime 187

67 The Downfall of Jack McKinney 190

68 The Substitute Teacher 192

69 The Curious Case of Spencer Haywood 195

70 Silk 197

71 Coach Westhead: To Be or Not to Be 198

72 No More Magic 201

73 I'm Not Happy 203

74 Tragic Johnson 207

75 Who Is the Coach? 209

76 Riles' Roots 210

77 Beat L.A.! 213

78 Out Like Magic 215

79 West's Spies 217

80 They Played It for Laughs, Part II 220

81 Years, $25 Million 221

82 Coop 223

83 The Aging Hippie 225

84 Big Game James 227

85 From Cold Shoulder to Hot Touch 229

86 The Guarantee 232

87 Numbers Game 235

88 The Lean Years 237

89 0.4 238

90 Big Shot Rob 241

91 Panic in the Bathroom 243

92 The Great Voice Is Stilled 246

93 Phil and Jeanie 249

94 Kid in a Man's Body 251

95 Harsh Reality 254

96 Metta World Peace, Man of Many Names and Many Faces 256

97 Kobe's 81 259

98 Revenge Is Sweet 263

99 Best and Worst 266

100 A True Fan 269

Sources 271

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