The New York Instances best-selling writer of Sweetness delivers the primary all-encompassing account of the Nineteen Eighties Los Angeles Lakers, one in all skilled sports activities’ most-revered – and dominant – dynasties.The Los Angeles Lakers of the Nineteen Eighties personified the flamboyance and extra of the last decade over which they reigned. Starting with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson because the number-one total decide of the 1979 draft, the Lakers performed basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun type on a league unprepared for his or her pace and ferocity – and have become essentially the most charming present in sports activities and, arguably, in all-around American leisure. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with thrilling all-star-caliber gamers, together with middle Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and so they had been led by the incomparable Pat Riley, identified for his slicked-back hair, his Armani fits, and his boastful strut. Hollywood’s greatest celebrities lined the court docket and beautiful ladies flocked to the sector. Better of all, the staff was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers performed in an unmatched 9 NBA championship collection, capturing 5 of them.Greatest-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman attracts from virtually 300 interviews to take the primary full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime period. A stunning account of one in all America’s best sports activities sagas, Showtime is filled with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes tales of the gamers’ decadent Hollywood life. From the Showtime period’s exceptional rise to its tragic finish – marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV – Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports activities, movie star, and Nineteen Eighties-style extra.
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