The Show: The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers in the Words of Those Who Lived It

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McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 23, 2005 - Business & Economics - 544 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

The Lakers Aura
1
1 The Times of Their Lives
11
2 The Minneapolis Lakers
36
3 Shortcut to Purgatory
53
4 Freeway
68
5 Fabulous Absolutely Fabulous
99
6 Victory
133
7 The Valley of the Seventies
151
11 Under Pressure
246
12 The Reckoning
271
13 Aftermath
303
14 Air Balls
320
15 When Trust Was Spent
334
16 Triangle Days
363
17 Lifted High Pulled Asunder
393
Epilogue
433

8 Ignition
178
9 Revolution
204
10 Redemption
224
Bibliography
447
Index
451
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Roland Lazenby is a sportswriter and the author of numerous sports books, including Mindgames: Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey and Mad Game: The NBA Education of Kobe Bryant. His work has been featured in such publications as Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many others. He lives in Salem, Virginia.

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