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From the Publisher"Charley Rosen, the NBA's foremost historian, brilliantly recreates that record-breaking Lakers season. The highlights include a thirty-three-game winning streak that will never be broken, as well as the 'Hollywood Lakers' astounding the sports world by proving that style and substance are not mutually exclusive concepts. Along the way, Rosen reveals secret sides of the participants-Chamberlain's disinclination for post-game showers, Jerry West's nit-picking perfectionism, and the inner workings of coach Bill Sharman's personal and professional game plans.... I've always believed that my Chicago Bulls championship teams in the later nineties would have easily handled Russell's Celtics and Magic Johnson's showtime Lakers. But the 1971-72 Lakers would have given us a battle royal."
- from the Foreword by Phil Jackson
"Charley Rosen has written an accurate, expert, and fascinating account of one of the most enjoyable seasons any coach could ever hope to have. Even though I can still remember how each turning of that season played out, just reading this book got me excited all over again."
- Bill Sharman, NBA Hall of Fame Player and Coach