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5.0 out of 5 stars Not only a great sports story that will delight fans of basketball, but a story of another type of show, 7 Mar 2014
Denis Vukosav - See all my reviews
‘Showtime’ by Jeff Pearlman is the story of one special generation of basketball players that those years , back in eighties, every fan of this sport knew starting lineup, while still this Lakers team in addition to the Jordan’s Bulls is taken as perhaps the best one of all times.

Jeff Pearlman on 500 pages of his book that brings back memories, speaks about the times when the NBA league was maybe the most interesting ever, when the best basketball was played, and the whole spectacle was still not about the money, but based on the excellence of players whose athletic skills fans of this sport enjoyed all around the world.

And although the length of the book may seem rather large, the book is read easily because each page offers a myriad of interesting details for the most part less known to the public that the author has collected over 300 interviews conducted with all the major ‘actors’ of that exciting time of basketball sport.

The book begins in an unusual way, with an interview the author conducted with Jack McKinney, or as he introduced him “…the greatest NB coach 999 of 1,000 basketball fans have never heard of” due to his short time spent in Lakers before he suffered a very dangerous head injury after falling while bicycling, replaced by his assistant, Paul Westhead, and never been able to made it back to Lakers bench not even after next year he received NBA Coach of the Year Award while leading the Indiana Pacers.

In the book remainder, author chronologically deals with the rule of Lakers team dividing it into three major parts – Development of a Dream, Dominance and Demise of a Dynasty - bringing a comprehensive overview of the events that marked not only this team from L.A., but the world of basketball in those years. In this sense, this book is not just for Lakers fans, for those who enjoyed the mastership of Magic Johnson or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, their legendary coach Pat Riley or the rest of the team that ruled for 12 years, but also about the world and show business these years that from this perspective seems so far away.

‘Showtime’ by Jeff Pearlman Showtime is therefore not only a great sports story that will delight fans of basketball, but a story about a time when people with pleasure went into the halls or sat in front of the TVs enjoying another type of show than today.
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