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ఱ Download Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s pdf ಋ Kindle Ebook Author Jeff Pearlman ಢ ఱ Download Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s pdf ಋ Kindle Ebook Author Jeff Pearlman ಢ Spencer Haywood The name hangs there awkwardly suspended as if attached to the string of a balloon I am looking at Jack McKinney Jack McKinney is looking at me It is a warm February day in Naples, Florida We are on an enclosed patio Small glasses of ice water have been served The wind whistles in the background.I am the journalist, here to interview the greatest NBA coach 999 of 1,000 basketball fans have never heard of Jack McKinney is here to answer my questions And yet, he cant The replies start, then stutter, then stop, then start again The thoughts seem on point, turn left, hit a traffic circle and wind up somewhere in Bethesda There are, he insists, wonderful basketball memories circulating throughout his 77 year old brain joyful tales of his eight years as the head coach at St Josephs University tender moments with Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Walton and Whats your name again McKinney suddenly says, his eyes gazing downward.Jeff, I say Jeff PearlmanThats right I wrote your name down five different times before you came here Its embarrassing, the way my memory From the next room, his wife Claire speaks up No sob stories, Jack she says.With that, Jack McKinney refocuses He looks at me, rubs his chin What were we talking about he asks.Spencer Haywood, I say You coached him I coached Spencer Haywood On the table, I have placed a manila folder It is labeled JACK MCKINNEY in brown marker Inside are photocopies of 30 or so articles, chronicling the rise and fall of the man who, in the summer of 1979, was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers to coach a team that featured Abdul Jabbar, the six time NBA MVP, Haywood, a four time NBA All Star, as well as a rookie point guard from Michigan State named Earvin Magic Johnson The clippings tell the story of a 44 year old basketball lifer finally getting his shot He created Showtime, said Norm Nixon, Los Angeles All Star guard That should never be forgotten Jack McKinney created Showtime.Yet now, as we sit here on a patio, sipping ice water to dull the awkwardness, the man who created Showtime barely remembers creating Showtime The Lakers jumped out to a 9 4 start that season, and fans loved the way his team played The Lakers were neon lights along the Sunset Strip Johnson and Nixon formed perhaps the fastest backcourt in NBA history Haywood seemed revived and Abdul Jabbar, the standoffish icon, was smiling and laughing.Back in the day, when the NBA was still relatively bare boned, teams employed one head coach and one assistant McKinneys sidekick was Paul Westhead, another young Philadelphia guy who played for his boss at St Josephs.On the morning of November 8, 1979, the phone in McKinneys Palos Verdes home rang This was the Lakers first off day of the young season, and Westhead was itching for some time on the nearby clay court It was 9 30 am, and the call woke McKinney from his sleep.Want to play some tennis Westhead asked.McKinney grunted sure.Ive got the court for two hours, Westhead said We can play singles at 10, maybe dome doubles with the girls at 11.OK, he said Give me a chance to get some coffee I can be there in a half hour.McKinney showered and drank his morning joe When he entered the garage, McKinney found that Claire had taken their one car Leaning against the wall, however, was his son Johns red and white Schwinn Le Tour II.Sure, itd been a while since Jack McKinney had ridden a bike But he certainly knew how Of course I did, he says Of course Spencer Haywood.The name is stated again, only this time with confidence I coached him in Milwaukee, right No, I say With the Lakers.McKinney glances at me, initially puzzled, then dejected He knows I am here in my quest to tell the story of the Showtime era Los Angeles Lakers a story that, were it not for a day off and a tennis game and a vacant garage and a wobbly bicycle and awful luck, would feature Jack McKinney as a star, not merely a small ish name halfway through the credits Thats what haunts everyone who knows and loves the man Not the accident, per se, but what could have been had the accident never occurred Ifon the morning of November 8, 1979Jack McKinney decides to ignore the phone or opts to sleep in, or jogs the 1 miles, is Paul Westhead known as one of the godfathers of fast break basketball and the famed guru who ran Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble to 160 point games at Loyola Marymount Is Pat Riley an eight time NBA champion and multi millionaire pitchman Is Jack McKinney universally acknowledged as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association I have no doubt that he would be, said Nixon No doubt whatsoever.As we sit here, still talking, still sipping water, McKinney glances through the folder, searching for faded memories and long lost sparks He would coach again, hired by the Indiana Pacers at the behest of a guilt ravaged Jerry Buss, the Lakers owner Yet despite being named the leagues Coach of the Year in 1980 81, he was never the same Members of the Pacers took the unprecedented step of writing their names in black marker along the front of their shorts so their coach wouldnt get confused Later, in a game during his final coaching stint, with Kansas City, several Kings players told the media that, during a timeout, McKinney characterized a play as one just like we did against St Johnsa reference to the New York City school he coached against while at St Josephs.Ultimately, McKinney left the NBA altogether, devoting the remainder of his working days to selling sporting goods He watched the NBA from time to rime, but the pain of what could and should have been far outweighed any moments of joy McKinney is not a bitter man, but he is human Life isnt always fair, he says Im OK with how everything has turned out Im loved But, well, its not always fair In his apartment, there is only a single hint that he ever coached the Lakersa crystal wife carafe with LAKERS etched along the side Occasionally Riley, now the president of the Miami Heat, will leave McKinney tickets for a game He always says, This is the guy who made my career possible, McKinney says This is the guy.There is a long pause A long, lengthy, painful, awkward, ugly pause I want to ask Jack McKinney so many things but, come the end of our interview, I simply shake his hand and thank him for the time.Before me is the man most responsible for the birth of the Showtime era of professional basketball.If only he could remember it.Reprinted from SHOWTIME Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by arrangement with Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group USA LLC, A Penguin Random House Company Copyright Jeff Pearlman, 2014.Praise for Jeff Pearlman and Showtime A marvelous and dishy history of the Showtime Lakers, full of bare knuckled assessments What a tonic Jeff Pearlman s new book is for forlorn Lakers fans suffering through the team s disastrous current season Los Angeles Times The Showtime Lakers werent just the best team of their era They were also the most compelling, the most charismatic, the most complex The Lakers of Kareem, Magic and Riley were to the 1980s what the Yankees of Mantle, Ford, and Stengel were to the 1950s A team perfectly matched to its time, and place Jeff Pearlman, typically, delivers the goods, celebrating them for their achievements, pulling no punches on the subject of their shortcomings This is a vivid portrait of a great team, in full Jeremy Schaap, ESPN commentator, New York Times best selling author of Cinderella Man and Triumph The names Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Riley, Buss and the games four championships have long been studied by basketball s anthropologists But so much of the story of the Showtime Lakers, THE Team of the 80s, took place behind closed doors Jeff Pearlman, as is his wont, pries them open and finds a whole lot of L.A living Jack McCallum, author of New York Timesbest seller Dream Team An era that redefined the game has found a storyteller than up to the task By any measure, Showtime is magic Mark Frost, author of The Greatest Game Ever Played Showtime proves to be prime time literary entertainment A rocking, roller coast of a ride it reads like the Lakers of Magic and Riley playedan artistic fast break of revealing, sometimes shocking tales tinged with sex, drugs and, most of all humanity You want to know the real story behind a beautifully dysfunctional basketball dynasty Read this book Armen Keteyian, 60 Minutes Sports Showtime is a rollicking ride, full of great characters, killer anecdotes and surprising details Pearlman is an indefatigable reporter, and here he provides an all access pass to one of the game s greatest dynasties, with tales of Kareem, Magic, Riley and Jerry Buss in their heyday It s a book any NBA fanany sports fanwill devour, likely in one or two sittings Chris Ballard, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that recreates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era Showtime is a great show indeed, full of colorful and complicated characters as well as a trove of details that even the most passionate fans will be amazed to learn No basketball fan s bookshelf will be complete without it Seth Davis, author of Wooden A Coach s LifePraise for ShowtimeThe Showtime Lakers are the dynasty that forever changed the NBA, transforming a game into an entertainment spectacle Through his relentless reporting and buoyant writing, Jeff Pearlman has delivered the story in full, from rare insight into Kareem and Magic to what ital really ital went on after hours in the Forum Club Once you start Showtime, you won t be able to put it down.Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports NBA columnist and author of the The Miracle of St AnthonyAn era that redefined the game has found a storyteller than up to the task By any measure, Showtime is magic.Mark Frost, author of The Greatest Game Every Played Showtime proves to be prime time literary entertainment A rocking, roller coast of a ride it reads like the Lakers of Magic and Riley played an artistic fast break of revealing, sometimes shocking tales tinged with sex, drugs and, most of all humanity You want to know the real story behind a beautifully dysfunctional basketball dynasty Read this book.Armen Keteyian, 60 Minutes SportsThe names Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Riley, Buss and the games four championships have long been studied by basketball s anthropologists But so much of the story of the Showtime Lakers, THE Team of the 80s, took place behind closed doors Jeff Pearlman, as is his wont, pries them open and finds a whole lot of L.A living.Jack McCallum, author of New York Timesbest seller Dream Team Pearlman is an indefatigable reporter, and here he provides an all access pass to one of the game s greatest dynasties, with tales of Kareem, Magic, Riley and Jerry Buss in their heyday It s a book any NBA fan any sports fan will devour, likely in one or two sittings Chris Ballard, Senior Writer, Sports IllustratedJeff Pearlman, typically, delivers the goods, celebrating them for their achievements, pulling no punches on the subject of their shortcomings This is a vivid portrait of a great team, in full.Jeremy Schaap, ESPN commentator, New York Times best selling author of Cinderella Man and Triumph Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that recreates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era Showtime is a great show indeed, full of colorful and complicated characters as well as a trove of details that even the most passionate fans will be amazed to learn No basketball fan s bookshelf will be complete without it Seth Davis, author of Wooden A Coach s LifePraise for Sweetness Mr Halberstam would have been the first to insist that we not confuse fiction with nonfiction, and that we not mistake biography the telling of a life for hagiography the burnishing of a legend Which was football s big trouble last week, it turns out, as lots of folks who should know better took exception to a new biography of Walter Payton ESPN.com, The Sporting Life Praise for Jeff Pearlmans Sweetness The Enigmatic Life of Walter PaytonExceptional a fascinating read about a fascinating man.Dan Wetzel, Yahoo SportsIf you want to get the sense of a real life lived by a real person with real beauty within and real warts, start reading The Indianapolis StarPearlman is a skilled biographer The New York TimesI found the Walter of your book to be of a hero than the one people refer to.Rick Hogan, WGN Sunday Papers I have read the book and I can tell you your appreciation of Walter will be heightened if you read the whole book and not just the excerpt Rick KoganJeff Pearlman has written Sweetness The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton, which depicts Mr Payton as perhaps the greatest all around football player ever, a generous teammate and a loving father.Scott Simon, NPR Weekend EditionOver the weekend I read an advance copy of Sweetness and found it to be an incredible, thoughtful, deep and profound read Its exceptional work I wouldnt let an out of context excerpt and some enraged condemnations get in the way of a fascinating read about a fascinating man.Dan Wetzel, Yahoo SportsREADTHEBOOKBut if you like texture, if you want to get the sense of a real life lived by a real person with real beauty within and real warts, start reading and do so with an open mind The Indianapolis StarPearlman did not set out to expose Payton but to understand him, to identify and define the qualities that made him so appealing He was a football playing hero to millions, true, but he was also a human being of considerable complexity Theres a story in how those two sides intersected, and a skilled biographer gets to that story If Walter Payton, magnificent football player and Chicago treasure, is enough for you, ignore the book and cherish your memories If Walter Payton, flawed but fascinating human being, intrigues you, read it You might come away with a greater appreciation The New York Times If Walter Payton, magnificent football player and Chicago treasure, is enough for you, ignore the book and cherish your memories If Walter Payton, flawed but fascinating human being, intrigues you, read it You might come away with a greater appreciation New York Times Showtime Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Led by bright stars such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Pat Showtime Lakers pioneered a flashy uptempo style, that both turned league on it s head inspired generations of basketball players fans Wikipedia In basketball, was an era in Angeles history when National Basketball Association NBA team played exciting run gun style Johnson passing skills Jabbar scoring, relied fast breaks won five championships The names Worthy, Buss games four have long been studied anthropologists But so much story Lakers, THE Team s, took place behind closed doors the chronicles glitzy Book review Jeff Pearlman is dishy, insider take starring Riley personified flamboyance excess decade over which they reigned Beginning with arrival Earvin number one overall pick draft, gusto pizzazz, unleashing their famed From remarkable rise to its tragic end marked announcement he had contracted HIV gripping narrative sports, celebrity, Magic s Apr , host Seattle Supersonics last game regular season Featuring Big Game James, B Scott, Coop, Ace course Angele were what Yankees Mantle, Ford, Stengel A perfectly matched time, Pearlman, typically, delivers goods, celebrating them for achievements, pulling no punches subject shortcomings Once again, has produced exhaustively researched, elegantly written book re creates most colorful memorable teams modern No fan bookshelf will be complete without Jeff Twitter New York Times best selling author seven books His new release, Gunslinger Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life Brett Favre, available now Gunslinger Excerpt Love Lost EDITOR S NOTE this excerpt from upcoming GUNSLINGER picks up legendary Packers quarterback finished disappointing Wild Card loss division rival Minnesota Football Buck Crazy Rise Crazier Demise Football USFL FREE shipping qualifying offers multiple bestselling author, rollicking, outrageous, you can t make United States League known fondly millions sports Author Decries ESPN Layoffs, Slams Network for Calling layoffs at journalism, former writer Sports Illustrated, decrying firing list reportersOn other hand, particularly upset network still paying screaming Stephen Smith Stephen passionately defended his credentials against critics fired back everyone who says unqualified Brett Favre Atlanta Falcons rookie season, Before 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    • Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
    • 4.5
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    • Format Kindle
    • 1592407552
    • Jeff Pearlman
    • Anglais
    • 19 August 2016

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