Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s

Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s

by Jeff Pearlman
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Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ricme More than 1 year ago
Pearlman digs in to give the reader insight on the history of the Lakers' run and gun style of play in the 80's. His in depth look at the characters who came up with the idea and the players who carried it out is interesting. Pearlman doesn't pull punches in discussing the personality foibles of players like Kareem and Magic, or the drug and sexcapades of the era. Seems Pearlman spent more pages talking about Magic Johnson than anyone else and this makes sense since Magic was the engine that kept the machine that was Showtime going. It would have been nice to hear from Magic. Seems like most players of the era cooperated with the author--but not Magic. This is a glaring omission but I give the author credit for telling it like it was. Perhaps Magic didn't like some of his past history being dug up and reprinted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a dieheart Los Angeles Lakers fan.An I cant wait to read it. I would alsao like 2 reccomend Kobe Byrant'sbiography!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was an up-and-down fan of the Lakers in the 80s. Because of how great the team looked on the floor, I always assumed they had a happy locker room. I could not have been further from the truth. For example, the story about Jack McKinney was news to me. And how Pat Riley eventually became a dictator. Or how Kareem was a 100% jerk. Or how many women Magic really slept with. This was a book I could not stop reading. And once you read it, you will be amazed that the Lakers ever won a single title.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a lifelong Laker fan, I experienced the Showtime-era Laker team as a teenager. My late mother was the biggest Laker fan. Not religious in the traditional sense, her "Holy Trinity" consisted of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & James Worthy, with Chick Hearn being the 4th member. SPOILER ALERT: Why I am almost sorry I read this: having experienced Showtime, I grew up idolizing the players & coaches. Mr. Pearlman does an excellent job of telling the story, complete with painting an excellent portrait of what a bunch of power & fame hungry, drug abusing, womanizing jerks the players & coaches actually were. It really burst my bubble. Still, it was very well written & told the story well, which is why I gave it 4 stars. Perhaps if I hadn't lived it & hadn't idolized these guys, I might feel different & rated it higher.
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