The New York Instances best-selling creator of Sweetness delivers the primary all-encompassing account of the Nineteen Eighties Los Angeles Lakers, one in every of 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 choose of the 1979 draft, the Lakers performed basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun model on a league unprepared for his or her pace and ferocity – and have become essentially the most fascinating present in sports activities and, arguably, in all-around American leisure. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with thrilling all-star-caliber gamers, together with heart Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they usually have been led by the incomparable Pat Riley, identified for his slicked-back hair, his Armani fits, and his conceited strut. Hollywood’s largest celebrities lined the court docket and beautiful ladies flocked to the world. Better of all, the crew was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers performed in an unmatched 9 NBA championship sequence, capturing 5 of them.Finest-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman attracts from virtually 300 interviews to take the primary full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime period. A blinding account of one in every of America’s best sports activities sagas, Showtime is full of indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes tales of the gamers’ decadent Hollywood existence. From the Showtime period’s outstanding 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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