By Jeff Pearlman
The big apple Times bestselling writer of Sweetness offers the 1st all-encompassing account of the Nineteen Eighties la Lakers, one in every of expert activities’ most-revered—and dominant—dynasties.
The la Lakers of the Eighties personified the flamboyance and way over the last decade over which they reigned. starting with the arriving 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 sort on a league unprepared for his or her velocity and ferocity—and grew to become the main appealing convey in activities and, arguably, in all-around American leisure. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with interesting all-star-caliber gamers, together with heart Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and so they have been led by means of the incomparable Pat Riley, recognized for his slicked-back hair, his Armani fits, and his smug strut. Hollywood’s greatest celebrities covered the court docket and lovely ladies flocked to the sector. better of all, the group used to be a winner. among 1980 and 1991, the Lakers performed in an unequalled 9 NBA championship sequence, shooting 5 of them.
Bestselling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman attracts from nearly 300 interviews to take the 1st complete degree of the Lakers’ epic Showtime period. a blinding account of 1 of America’s maximum activities sagas, Showtime is choked with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes tales of the avid gamers’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime era’s striking upward thrust to its tragic end—marked by way of Magic Johnson’s 1991 assertion that he had gotten smaller HIV—Showtime is a gripping narrative of activities, superstar, and 1980s-style extra.