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Show Time: Inside the Lakers' Breakthrough Season Hardcover – July 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 259 pages
  • Publisher: Smithmark Pub; First Edition edition (July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446514276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446514279
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is largely a recap of games during the Lakers's 1987 championship season, with some interesting paragraphs on their rivalry with the Celtics. Though it is billed as an "inside" view, and written by the Lakers's coach, there are few insider revelations and too frequent recounting of now common anecdotes. A disappointment, reserved for hard-core Lakers fans. For libraries with large sports collections. Joseph W. Constance, Jr., Boston Coll. Libs.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This is my most recommended book on the art of Management.
William Barrett
Pat Riley does a great job describing a championship season with the Lakers in a new way.
R. Huitron
The 1987 Lakers IMO were without a doubt the greatest nba team ever assembled.
Yolanda Duenas

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pat Riley is the legendary NBA coach who lead the Los angeles Lakers to four NBA titles in the 80's. In 1984-85, the Lakers won their third title of the decade (second under Riley) over their hated rivals the Boston Celtics. There were high expectations for the 85-86 season, but they were knocked out of the playoffs by the underdog Houston Rockets and failed to defend their title. The book takes us through the 86-87 season in which Mr. Riley strives to get his team back on top. We get to see how an NBA season underfolds from the point of view of arguably the best coach in history. He gives an insider's thoughts on all-time greats like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy. Mr. Riley has a wry sense of humor and his take on things makes this book a highly entertaining and insightful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Mayforth on December 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Show Time" by Pat Riley is a comprehensive look at the 1986-87 season of the Los Angeles Lakers, chronicling the franchise's march to its fourth title of the 1980s.

Riley incorporates a brief history of the Eighties Lakers leading up to the '86-'87 season. He recounts how Laker management held the core of the team together following the team's loss to Houston in the 1986 Western Conference Finals. Wisely, they made no trades that would have given them a Twin Towers lineup that was de rigueur at the time, but instead returned to their core philosophy of fast break basketball that ultimately won them the championship. As for L.A.'s heated rivalry with the Boston Celtics, whom they defeated in the Finals that year, Riley pulls no punches in airing his opinion of the Boston franchise and its management.

The author reveals some of the inner workings of the team that led them back to the top, including the Career Best program that measured effort as well as hard statistical data. He discusses motivation and asserts that having a stable family situation is an important factor in one's professional performance. This book has application beyond sports, as it discusses principles that can be applied in the business world.

To my knowledge, this was the first game-by-game, "journal" style look back at an NBA season put out in the 1980s (in the years after this book appeared, it seems that several others were released). Riley has an engaging writing style, and this book would be appreciated by anyone, regardless of rooting preference, who followed the NBA in the 1980s or is interested in the history of the league.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yolanda Duenas on April 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The 1987 Lakers IMO were without a doubt the greatest nba team ever assembled. Yes better than the 96 Bulls, 67 Sixers, or the 86 Celtics. The book describes the teams journey to the nba finals. And it states some intresting facts of how James Worthy almost got traded to Dallas. The Lakers finished the season with a 65-17 record. The went 15-3 in thr playoffs. Defeating the Nuggetes 3-0, the Warriors 4-1, the Sonics 4-0, and finally defeating the Boston Celtics 4-2.

Must Have book for Showtime Laker Fans!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Barrett on February 5, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Other reviews miss the point. This is my most recommended book on the art of Management. How do you manage such a diverse group of world class atheletes! That is the problem! Look at what happened with Phil Jackson and Kobe and Shaq. Disaster. Pat Riley's book is a clear set of instructions on how to manage a small group of high-power folks - like a high-power software team. This belongs well dog-eared on the shelves of the quality manager along with the Foundation Trilogy and Harold Geneen's Managing. IMHO.
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Pat Riley does a great job describing a championship season with the Lakers in a new way. Instead of talking about games and getting specific about players he spends more time describing how he gets the team to believe in themselves and work together to achieve their goal. Pat spends time talking about how his coaches prep for upcoming games and gives great motivational speeches describing in exact detail what mindset he wants his guys in. Loved every minute of it and as a Lakers fan It is very respectful and a detailed look at a championship organization
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