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

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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.

480 pages, Hardcover

First published May 12, 2005

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Roland Lazenby

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Roland Lazenby is an American sportswriter and educator.

Lazenby has written more than five dozen nonfiction books, mainly about basketball and American football. He has also contributed articles to magazines and newspapers.

Lazenby's book Bull Run! was named Sports Book of the Year for 1997 by the Independent Publishers Association.

Lazenby studied at Virginia Military Institute and Hollins University, and has been a member of Virginia Tech's Department of Communication and Radford University's School of Communication. A group of students from his media writing class compiled the book April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers (2007), an account of the Virginia Tech massacre. Lazenby served as editor.

In 2005, Lazenby and Andrew Mager created Planet Blacksburg, a student organization that focuses on new media, journalism, and publishing.

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February 29, 2020
Lakers klubo istorija nuo persikėlimo iš Miniapolio į Los Andželą, iki Philo Jacksono sugrįžimo ir susitaikymo su Kobe 2005-aisiais. Istorija nedetali ir greita, bet esminiai epizodai papasakoti.
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March 21, 2020
This is one of the best basketball books I have read. Lazenby does a great job of weaving all of participants stories into a compelling narrative. Growing up in Atlanta I was a big Hawks fan when I was a kid in the 80s but I also loved Magic and Kareem and the Showtime Lakers. This book brought back a lot of fond memories. The book paints a fascinating history of the Lakers back to their time in Minneapolis with George Mikan, to the frustrating 60s battles with West and Baylor losing to the hated Celtics, to their title with Wilt in 72, acquiring Kareem and drafting Magic in the 70s. Their glory days of their 5 NBA title 80s gives way to the years of wandering in the 90s. The book ends with Shaq and Kobe winning 3 titles in the early 2000s with Phil Jackson. Everyone from superstars to coaches, role players, broadcasters, and owners to figures with other teams have a voice on this book. It was a book I could not put down and did not want to end.
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July 31, 2016
Great biography of the Lakers. Lots of very humorous, emotional anecdotes.
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