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Madmen's Ball: The Inside Story of the Lakers' Dysfunctional Dynasties

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Revealing the stories behind the headlines, Los Angeles Times writer Mark Heisler investigates the 45-year history of the Los Angeles Lakers and unveils a pattern of pampered and/or misguided players, megalomaniacal executives, and owners whose obsessive drives for championships and attention combined to create an atmosphere of conflict for decades Throughout the entire 20 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Triumph Books
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Derek Noble

In Madmen's Ball by Mark Heisler the author's message is that The Los Angeles Lakers have had many dysfunctional dynasties while becoming one of the greatest franchise sports history. We understand this message through events such as, the Shaq and Kobe feud. Unimportant quote from the book is,"There's more to life that who's team this is, but this is his team so it's time for him to act like it. That means no more coming into camp fat and out of shape when your team is relying on your leadership
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Devonta Perry75
Nov 09, 2010 Devonta Perry75 rated it it was amazing
the trading of Shaquille O'Neal, the $130 million re-signing of the controversy-plagued Kobe Bryant, and the departure of legendary coach Phil Jackson, the history of the Los Angeles Lakers entered yet another tumultuous phase in 2004. Few teams in the history of sports have ever been as dysfunctional as the squad Jackson coached during his final season, but as Mark H ...more With the trading of Shaquille O'Neal, the $130 million re-signing of the controversy-plagued Kobe Bryant, and the departu ...more
Jake Merrifield
Aug 29, 2012 Jake Merrifield rated it really liked it


If you like the Los Angeles Lakers or NBA basketball, you need to read this book. Mark Heisler is one of the best basketball writers around, and this is a terrific history of the Laker organization written in an entertaining way. (I read the original edition, so I can't speak to the newer versions covering the last batch of championships).

A lot of folks will point to Roland Lazenby's The Show as the Must Read laker book, but I prefer this one base on Heisler's writing and LA perspective.
Gohomelefty
I guess if you're new to the Lakers, this book is a good start for getting acquainted with Laker history. Most of the info is general, but there are some good insider tidbits here and there :)
Sarah
Sep 16, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
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Great narrative on the Lakers. Highly enjoyed- even though I'll never cheer for them, enjoyed the inner workings of this amazing organization!
Clara
Jan 06, 2009 Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on the history of the recent Lakers!
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