The New York
Times bestselling author of Sweetness delivers the first
all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional
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, 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. Hollywood’s 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.
Bestselling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost
three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic
Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s 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 era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end—marked by Magic
Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV—Showtime is a
gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess. Download and start listening now!