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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‘Showtime’ by Jeff Pearlman

That was a disservice to the sport, the Lakers, and everyone who appreciates NBA history. In general, Showtime is synonymous with the point guard who brought the magic and showmanship to the run-and-gun offense and determined defense: Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

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He got his start in journalism inwhen he interned at a weekly newspaper in Cross River, entitled “The Patent Trader”. The book reads like and five-star sports documentary. His wife gossipped with the others and internal scandal insued.

You can easily breeze through this book without feeling overwhelmed personally i would read this book when i am already exhausted from reading history books and my brain would feel like its already about to explode from all the historical dates and names that i have been reading. And while a few players were using drugs it was really the partying in general and women that were center stage for these fellows off the court.

Seriously, read the book.

Magic Johnson no look pass become the signature of Showtime. While Pat Riley introduced a grueling pre-season camp and physical practices, which the players appreciated, eventually he took it too far as a personality cult developed. There are even a few new anecdotes in here for die-hard fans. This book tells the story behind the box score, and YouTube clips, and it holds nothing back. Halberstam would have been the first to insist that we not confuse ehowtime with nonfiction, showyime that we not mistake biography — the telling of a life — for hagio graphy — the burnishing of a legend.

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To agree, I know these depictions carry a great deal of truth. I enjoyed this book during the NBA Finals.

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It is also hard to imagine that in the early s the NBA Finals were not televised live on the West Coast so as not to preempt hit shows like the Dukes of Hazzard. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Don’t have a Kindle? Overall, it was an engaging read, and while the style was somewhat formulaic for sports writing, the stories involved were supremely engaging. One could write an entire book about Game 6.

The Bad Guys Won: The end of Magic’s career is chronicled, along with the scare it put into players his teammates quickly swapped lists of mutual partnersand Magic’s young marriage. This is a vivid portrait of a great team, in full. This iwas pretty good. From Sweetness, a very complicated portrait of Walter Payton that pulled no punches, to books such as Boys Will Be Boys covering the athletic, showtome, and criminal exploits of the s Cowboys and their staff and The Bad Guys Won doing much of the same for the Mets the former writer for Sports Illustrated sticks t Jeff Pearlman has carved out a nice little niche for himself chronicling the more sordid off-the-field aspects of some of the most beloved teams and athletes of yesterday.

If Walter Payton, flawed but fascinating human being, intrigues you, read it. Jeff Pearlman has carved out a nice little niche for himself chronicling the more sordid off-the-field aspects of some of the most beloved teams and athletes of yesterday. The endless oral histories. I enjoyed this book from the very first page.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left Parish alone in the paint as he rotated to help Cooper lock down on Bird when, after Bird received the pass and went to shoot, he somehow managed to maneuver and deliver a pass to Parish that split in between both Cooper and Kareem that resulted in an easy 2. For an audiobook, the reader was engaging, and while he would sometimes try to talk in quasi-accents, he did not go over the top.

I was too young to know about Showtime of the peearlman 70’s -early 80’s, so a lot of what I read was news to me. Kinda felt like the book left me hanging on that front, but I still couldn’t put the book down.

If you are a seller shoatime this product, shoowtime you like to suggest updates through seller support? But this was still a super compelling read. Full review to come.

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

Basically has short intro with how Jerry Buss bought the team and then goes right into the year when the Lakers won the championship in Magic’s rookie year. Between andthe Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them. He also goes behind the known stories and images to reveal the faults and frailties pearlmqn the personalities involved.

The only downside to this book is that it seemed to have been rushed at the end.