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Publisher's Summary

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

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top 10 NBA book I have read

the key story of NBA in the 80s. sodom in LA. time piece of top team.

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Great Book

Great book for any basketball fan but a must read for all the obnoxious Laker fans out there. Unfortunately this book mentions Kobe Bryant only once or twice so I'm sure there are people that will say it's the worst book in history just because of that alone.

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Best performance of an audio book I have heard.

Great book and an excellent performance. The rise and fall of Showtime. Lonzo will bring us back!

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Great book

Pearlman is a master storyteller of the exploits by legendary sports stars and teams. This is one of his best works.

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Best Lakers Book

Best Book of all time simply
just amazing book about the Lakers
if ur a fan of Basketball Must Read absoutely

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Solid Work From Jeff Perlman Yet Again

A well told, well paced story of the Lakers dynasty.

Plus, Malcolm Hillgartner's mystifying Magic Johnson and Vlade Divac voices.

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love lakers

all the things i probably knew but didn't want to know.. I have lost my innocence...

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Excellent especially if your a fan of the 80's Showtime Lakers. Stories about almost every Laker during this era.

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Great book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. If you were a Showtime Lakers fan

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like his humor.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Showtime...Behind the scenes

Any additional comments?

Anyone who was a Showtime Lakers fan would enjoy this book.

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Behind the Scenes!

What made the experience of listening to Showtime the most enjoyable?

Great behind the scenes stories about all the players, a no-holds bar tale of Showtime.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hillgartner did a good job with the narration.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"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.