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The New York Times bestselling author of Sweetness delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sportsa€™ most-revereda€”and dominanta€”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 a€œMagica€ Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed a€œShowtimea€ run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocitya€”and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. The Lakersa€™ 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. Hollywooda€™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. Bestselling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakersa€™ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of Americaa€™s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the playersa€™ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime eraa€™s remarkable rise to its tragic enda€”marked by Magic Johnsona€™s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIVa€”Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.Cookea#39;s basketball IQ was 17. ... In 1966, the Lakers played in the Los Angeles Sports Arena, asevenyearold facility locateda stonea#39;s throw from the University of Southern Californiaa#39;s downtown campus. ... The $16 million Forum was, in the sarcastic wordsof The Washington Posta#39;sBill Brubaker, a€œa modest little place with anbsp;...

Author:Jeff Pearlman
Publisher:Penguin - 2014-03-04


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