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'Showtime' chronicles glitzy Lakers era of Magic, Kareem and Riley
'Showtime' chronicles glitzy Lakers era of Magic, Kareem and Riley

The diva guard is orchestrating coaching changes. The boss man is an inveterate womanizer, as is most of the team, except for the committed virgin they just signed, who firmly believes sex shouldn't take place till marriage. This a dynasty or a soap opera? Well, actually it's both. Welcome to Showtime, the run-and-gun Lakers of the 1980s, one of the most successful yet dysfunctional franchises in the history of sports. What a tonic Jeff Pearlman's new book is for forlorn Lakers fans suffering through the team's disastrous current season. Rarely, if ever, has an L.A. team had the star power and sense of fun of owner Jerry Buss' Showtime Lakers of the '80s, when super-fans Jack Nicholson...

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