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Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s (Anglais) Relié – 4 mars 2014

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Par Rick Shaq Goldstein - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
If you have had the opportunity to visit the NBA Hall of Fame… one of the things you’ll see are displays dedicated to teams during specific times that were considered *DYNASTIES*… One of those dynasties was the 1980’s Showtime Lakers. Before I ordered this book… let alone before I read it… I looked at my personal library and counted over twenty books regarding the Lakers. I at first said… how much more can there be on a team from over thirty years ago… and then I reminisced about how I had enjoyed three other books I read by the author Jeff Pearlman on… the Dallas Cowboys… Walter Payton… and the steroid cheat… Roger Clemens. I ordered the book… and as this review will confirm… I am thrilled that I did.

What makes this book so worthwhile… even with the knowledge of what I read in all the prior books I owned… and in addition to attending many of the Showtime Lakers games in person at the Fabulous Forum… and the fact that I had even played in numerous pickup games against a number of the Laker players… were three main facts… first… Jeff Pearlman invested his time and energy in an exhausting amount of piercing… in depth interviews… secondly… his writing style is smooth yet exhilarating… the reader never gets the feeling as with many other authors… that they’re just trying to fill additional pages… and the third reason… is the fact that “time” itself… over thirty plus years… over a quarter of a century has passed… and that means literary morals have changed… and what is considered acceptable in everyday journalism has changed. So thirty years ago when a written word was published… there were moral limits as to what could be written. Some examples are… in the past an author might write that Kareem was not a friendly guy… but today you can quote someone like CBS reporter Pat O’Brien as saying: “Once you accepted that Kareem was a “P”… you could get past it.” (Note: there are no abbreviations in the book… but it has been my experience that Amazon won’t publish my reviews if I spell out what is in the book… some things never change!) The author can also state unequivocally that “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hated white people.” You can also have quotes regarding Jack Kent Cooke the man who owned the Lakers-The Forum-The Hockey Kings-and-The Washington Redskins… and who sold the Lakers to Jerry Buss… from Hot Rod Hundley… who said of Cooke… “The number one “A-H” who ever lived!”

This additional literary freedom is why even if you have over twenty Laker books… many covering this time frame and period… written by everyone from Magic… to Riley… to Kareem… to writers who spent their whole careers covering the Lakers… this book is almost like reading about the same fantastic dynasty with societies blinders removed. It’s all here… from the sale of the Lakers… to Magic’s megawatt nineteen year old smile… to Kareem… snarling… moping… and growing old… to Riley wearing out his welcome… to the women… the drugs… and with the author leading the “story-telling-fast-break”… the reader will feel like he’s James Worthy… filling the lane… out on the wing… as the author passes you one gem after another… at full speed… and like “Big-Game-James”… you will never break stride… as you score a great championship read!
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The Fabulous Showtime Lakers--Warts And All 19 mars 2014
Par TMStyles - Publié sur
Format: Relié
"Showtime" is an engrossingly entertaining retrospective look at the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s. It is an astonishingly compelling book relating everything you thought you knew and much that you never knew about one of the most exciting professional basketball teams of all time. This is a book not to be missed by anyone who was a basketball fan during the 80's and, in particular, a Lakers fan of that fabulous era. Kareem, Magic, Wilkes, Michael Cooper, Spencer Haywood, Bob McAdoo, Mitch Kupchak, Norm Nixon, and so many others who transform a lethargic Laker franchise into perhaps the most entertaining, fast breaking, and dysfunctional professional team of all time.

Jeff Pearlman has clearly done his homework. There are references to interviews over a three year period with all the major characters who were part of the Laker magic and interviews with many who were involved in the league but watching from afar. We learn that Showtime was the brainchild of Jack McKinney, an innovative yet doomed head coach, who saw his fling at fame destroyed by a terrible bicycle accident. The lamentable Paul Westhead era that followed was controversial and certainly ugly at times, including the feeling that Magic Johnson was the real force who got him fired. The Pat Riley era began somewhat inauspiciously and ultimately blossomed into one of the most exciting and entertaining basketball teams in the history of the NBA.

Showtime really began when Dr. Jerry Buss purchased the Lakers from Jack Kent Cooke, an owner content to be the overlord of a professional team that really didn't know its own identity or its potential. Buss changed that with his own personal desire to see a faster more entertaining game and his devotion to acquiring the young Earvin "Magic" Johnson to run his team and transform it into what quickly became known as Showtime.

"Showtime" chronicles the entire history of this era including flashbacks and behind the scenes looks at the interpersonal dynamics of the team, the coaches, and the owner. Having lived through this era and being a Laker and Celtic fan, a lot of what is represented in the book was known or at least assumed by the media but "Showtime" details the animosities, the friendships, the drug use, the wild sex, and the jealousies and pettiness of individual competitors. Norm Nixon versus Magic Johnson, the recalcitrant Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the drug addled Spencer Haywood, the front office mistakes of drafting the wrong individual, or making trades that alienated players. So much of what we saw (and didn't see) is revealed in "Showtime" to have been destructive beneath the surface.

Pearlman's book can be deeply satisfying at times, depressing and sad at times, and sometimes simply infuriating when reading of the people and the times of the Showtime Lakers. But, it all happened, and it is exhaustively chronicled in this can't-put-down look at the team that changed the face of modern-day professional basketball. If you were a fan of professional basketball and/or of the Lakers during this astonishing era of the ascendant Laker dynasty and you think you know its history, you need to read "Showtime". Pearlman's book examines this transcendent team not only on its entertaining surface, but with all the dysfunction that occurred behind closed doors revealed warts and all. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for sports fans in general and Laker fans in particular.
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Not how I want to remember it. 2 juin 2014
Par Paul H Hatanaka - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I believe this to be an accurate and revealing documentation of "Showtime" but in its accuracy it diminishes many of the heroes I remember and paints an ugly ego on many of the superstars. This takes much of the "fun" out of "Showtime" and and reveals how the media, money and an organization controls public opinion and image.
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An in-depth look at one of the best runs in sports history 28 mai 2014
Par Guyzen - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This is a fascinating book about a great team in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Of all of the things that stand out, one that keeps coming up throughout this book is how many of these guys ruined their careers by getting lost in drugs or women (and sometimes both). It's sad to see the talent that some of these guys wasted by pursuing these other vices.

This book is incredibly well researched and very interesting. I love how Jeff Pearlman spends ample time on each of the main components of the Showtime Lakers, the coaches, owners, and most of all the players. It's interesting the change that happens to Pat Riley as he becomes more controlling and unapproachable as the years carry on. The reader has to consider what could have been if a few more balls would have bounced the Lakers' way, they very well could have swept the decade with championships, or at the very least picked up a few more titles. The stars are startlingly human and emotions and pride play a much bigger role than the casual observer would ever have realized.

As a basketball fan, I very much enjoyed the stories of one of the most storied teams in the history of the game. You don't have to be a Lakers fan to enjoy this book. The womanizers, drug addicts, and God fearing Christians all came together to play an exciting and fast paced style of basketball. What's interesting is how the players clicked and how much the role players contributed to the success of the team. I especially enjoyed the stories about Kurt Rambis and his somewhat odd behavior.
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Great read 11 avril 2014
Par Kathryn Cooper - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
Jeff Pearlman captures the Lakers so well. His writing is fantastic. I liked his writing so much that while hunting for my next book, I decided to read his book on the Dallas Cowboys of the 90s, even though I'm not a huge football fan. I just appreciate good writing, and it really feels like I'm an insider to all the behind the scenes happenings of the Showtime era Lakers. Highly recommend.
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