Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s [Audiobook] by Jeff Pearlman
English | March 4, 2014 | ASIN: B00II9O1OG, ISBN: 1482964783 | [email protected] kbps | 18 hrs 36 mins | 526 MB
Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner | Genre: Nonfiction/Basketball
The New York Times best-selling author of Sweetness delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sports most-revered - and dominant - 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 "Magic" Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed "Showtime" run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity - and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. The Lakers 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. Hollywoods 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.
Best-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost 300 interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of Americas greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime eras remarkable rise to its tragic end - marked by Magic Johnsons 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV - Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.