The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Los Angeles Lakers: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Los Angeles Lakers History [NOOK Book]


Presents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers. It also unmasks the bad, the regrettably awful, and the ugly.
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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Los Angeles Lakers: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Los Angeles Lakers History

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Presents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers. It also unmasks the bad, the regrettably awful, and the ugly.
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Since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960, they have won 9 NBA championships, 23 conference titles, and 22 division titles. But gather any group of Lakers zealots together, and chances are you'll hear a roll call of tragedies and missed opportunities as well as triumphs. This addition to Triumph's superlative The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly series recaps all the extreme moments in L.A. basketball history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617491382
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Steven Travers is a sports historian and sportswriter who is the bestselling author of numerous books—including One Night, Two Teams and Barry Bonds—and has also written for StreetZebra magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a former professional baseball player with Major League Baseball teams the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Athletics. He lives in San Anselmo, California. Art Spander is an award-winning sportswriter, author,  and a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and He was awarded the McCann Award, earning him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame "Writer's Wing," and he has also been honored with the Masters Major Achievement Award and the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Oakland, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: A Tribute to Elgin Baylor     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction: A Fabulous Team, a Fabulous City, a "Fabulous Forum"     xvii
In the Clutch     1
Mr. Clutch     1
Man-Child     14
Origins     17
Land of 10,000 Lakes     17
The Triangle     25
Voices     30
"Hot Rod" Remembers the Lakers' First Year     30
Chickie Baby     33
When the Fat Lady Sings     39
Frustration     39
Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple     47
Daddy Dearest     57
The Royal Canadian     57
Then Came Sharman     60
The Player     81
Stadium Stories     85
The Forum     85
Jewel of the Downtown Corridor     90
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly     93
Just Like Any Other Seven-Foot Black Millionaire Who Lives Next Door     93
The Enigma     103
Basketball Royalty     116
Then Came Shaq     122
Winners and Whiners     125
1968-69: Soap Opera     125
A Fitting Match     139
Things toSavor     143
Superstar     143
The Defining Moment     150
Numbers Don't Lie (Or Do They?)     170
33 Straight!     170
Camelot and Figueroa     174
The Wrong Side of the Law     181
Hotel California     181
The Punch     189
Tark and the Murder Mystery     192
Scandal     197
"I Cried When I Found Out."     197
Celebrity Corner     204
You Don't Know Jack     204
Notes     209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012



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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Okay, but not a must-read.

    This book was okay. I learned a lot about the Lakers that I never knew. But believe it or not, the author spent more time talking about baseball and football then the actual Lakers. Most of the chapters all seemed to repeatedly talk about the same players and the same games over and over again. The author's descriptions of things gets very annoying, almost as if he made the comparisons up. He also badmouths many coaches and players. This author is obviously a wanna-be coach.
    You'll learn quite a bit from this book, but I don't recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2009

    Reliving the Glorious Victories and Most Brutal Defeats

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Los Angeles Lakers is about the history of the Los Angeles Lakers. Like many of the sports teams today, the Lakers did not start in Los Angeles. After buying the team in 1965, Jack Kent Cooke moved the Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles and built the Los Angles Forum (otherwise known as the Fabulous Forum). Although they had a mediocre stay in Minneapolis, their start in Los Angeles wasn¿t has great either. It was until 1972 when they won their first NBA title. The sad thing is that Laker great, Elgin Baylor, had to retire early that season due to injury; boy, he sure missed out: an NBA championship and a record 33 straight wins. After a dry spell, the Lakers went back on top and renewed a familiar rivalry. Starting in 1984, for three years in the 1980s, the Lakers and hated rival Boston Celtics met in the NBA Finals. They would lose that series 4 games to 3, as they did in the `50s and `60s. But they would change the trend. Led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers finally defeated the Celtics 4-2 in 1985. ¿It was sweet redemption.¿ They would repeat their success against the Celtics the very next time they faced each other in 1987. After another dry spell, the Lakers were able to get two dynamic players with a lot of potential: Shaquille O¿Neal and rookie Kobe Bryant, along with 6 time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson. In their first year in their new stadium, STAPLES Center, they won the NBA championship. Year after that, they did it again, and again after, making it a three-peat. ¿It was almost too easy, especially for old-time Lakers fans who had suffered through so much disappointment.¿ Although the Shaq-Kobe era has ended, Kobe and Phil are trying to return the old Laker pride back into the city of Los Angeles, and we should all believe they will do us proud. <BR/> Even though this was a great book, it did have its flaws. I might be being a little biased but I was expecting a little bit more stories of what the Lakers have recently done. The thing I liked most about The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Los Angeles Lakers was, of course, the history of the Lakers. As big as a fan as I am, I really learned much of what I know today from reading this book. I learned of the great things they did, and the adversity they had to battle to get to get to the top. What is also pretty amazing is the little side notes almost all the pages contain. Overall, this book was a great book that any Laker fan would enjoy. ¿I was hooked. The Lakers became my team. And they have always remained my team.¿

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    Posted May 21, 2011

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