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The Show (Hardcover): Roland Lazenby

The Show (Hardcover)

Roland Lazenby

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A comprehensive oral history of the basketball team that forever married the worlds of sports and celebrity. Michael Jordan may be the greatest basketball player of all time, and the Boston Celtics may have won the most NBA championships, but no team has enjoyed a higher profile on the hardwood than the Los Angeles Lakers. From obscure origins in Minneapolis, where the team first rose to prominence behind the dominating play of George Mikan and Jim Pollard, the Lakers breathed life into the sport by turning basketball into a Hollywood film and its players into stars. Lazenby chronicles the story of the franchise from its earliest moments through its relocation to Los Angeles; relates its titanic, frustrating battles with the Boston Celtics in the 1960s; notes the arrival of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and the phenomenon of "Showtime"; and concludes by charting the trajectory of the charmed, then doomed, duo of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Throughout, the author relies on those who played and coached for the Lakers to tell the bulk of the story; much of the book consists of quotations from familiar names like Elgin Baylor, Rod Hundley, Jerry West, Pat Riley and Chick Hearn, and not-so-familiar ones like Sid Hartman, John Kundla and Gary Vitti. This makes for informative, but stylistically uneven, reading. In addition, since the exploits of the Lakers on the basketball court are so well known, novel insights are confined largely to what happened off the court. Some examples include the comic crash-landing of the team plane in a snowy Iowa cornfield, and the undervalued promotional work of Lou Mohs, who helped the Lakers get their bearings after moving to the West Coast. Sections on the private life of Magic Johnson, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1991, give the book a few poignantly critical moments, which are otherwise few and far between. Like a Bible for the Laker faithful, but largely inscrutable for the uninitiated. (Kirkus Reviews)

The first definitive oral history of the ever popular L.A. Lakers

The L.A. Lakers have long been one of the NBA's most exciting teams. In "The Show," critically acclaimed sportswriter Roland Lazenby brings the story of this charismatic team to life in an unprecedented oral history, featuring such legendary players as Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, and Magic Johnson, along with current stars like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

Through in-depth interviews with players, coaches, and many other key figures, Lazenby follows the Lakers from their birthplace in 1946 Minneapolis to their eventual successes and failures in Los Angeles, using his flair for storytelling and eye for detail to show you exactly why the 14-time NBA champion Lakers are a celebrated favorite for sports fans all over America.


Imprint: McGraw-Hill Professional
Country of origin: United States
Release date: December 2005
First published: 2006
Authors: Roland Lazenby
Dimensions: 231 x 158 x 40mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 480
ISBN-13: 978-0-07-143034-0
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Sport
Books > Sport & Leisure > Sports & outdoor recreation > Ball games > Basketball
Books > Biography > Sport
LSN: 0-07-143034-2
Barcode: 9780071430340

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