Madmen's Ball: The Inside Story of the Lakers' Dysfunctional Dynasties
by Mark Heisler
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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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
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.