The New York Times best-selling author of Sweetness delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sports’ most-revered - and dominant - dynasties.
The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity - and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with exciting all-star-caliber players, including center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and they were led by the incomparable Pat Riley, known for his slicked-back hair, his Armani suits, and his arrogant strut. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities lined the court and gorgeous women flocked to the arena. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them.
Best-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost 300 interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end - marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV - Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.
©2014 Jeff Pearlman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
Great behind the scenes stories about all the players, a no-holds bar tale of Showtime.
Jerry Buss comes out smelling like a rose, and deservedly so. He was a maverick and he took the NBA to new heights. He made mostly great moves with the Lakers. He was wise enough to delegate to basketball insiders like Jerry West on certain issues and player personnel.
Hillgartner did a good job with the narration.
"Showtime" ranks up their with "Ball Four" and "North Dallas Forty" for the behind-the-scenes exploits of the most entertaining NBA team ever - the Lakers of the 1980s.
Clearly the best sports book I have read and in the top 10 of all the books I've listened to
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