NBA Dynasty Series: Los Angeles Lakers - The Complete History
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The real joy of the set, however, is nine NBA playoff games presented as they were originally broadcast and almost in their entirety. They last about 90-100 minutes with TV introductions and post-game interviews, but minus halftime, commercials, and some slower moments. The games include such absolute classics as the game in which rookie Magic Johnson started at center in place of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the 1987 "baby hook" game against the Boston Celtics. If you're used to watching current NBA games you might be tempted to just skip to the end, but it's surprisingly rewarding to watch the game develop, to watch the game's superstars strut their stuff (or see a couple of 1972 reserves named Phil Jackson and Pat Riley), and to observe how radically the sport has changed over the years. Variable picture quality and technical glitches are unavoidable (even the 2002 game looks washed out), but this is the first time complete or nearly complete NBA games have been available in the home-video era, and they probably still look better than the VHS tapes you've been saving over the years. Yes, it'd be easy to argue about which games from the Lakers' long history should have been included, and the highlight videos don't have a ton of replay value, but the NBA Dynasty series is a major milestone in archived sports. --David Horiuchi
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The edited games are great. The finals games featured between the Lakers and the Sixers are mindblowing because of how fast paced they were. It's pure fast break basketball at its best. The games between the Lakers and the Celtics are intense and you also realize what an excellent job Dick Stockton did for CBS when he was the play-by-play man. In retrospect, even Stockton's color man partner seems pretty balanced, even though he was a Celtic great and even though he had the incredibly irritating habit of placing the subject of his sentences at the very end, Tom Heinsohn.
No set is going to be perfect, but I think where the box set is a bit of a letdown is in the "history" aspect. It's really just a compilation of all the NBA films that they do at the end of each year for the champion. And while they are all pretty good and I rented them all years ago, they don't really tell the history of the team. They tell the history of the champtionship seasons.
If you're looking for history, Disc 1 is probably the best, with old footage and more recent interviews. But there's no description of the Lakers of the '70s and how they got Kareem and what the team was like before Magic and how the Lakers drew about 11,000 fans per game. I think that is missing from this and I would have liked to have seen more of that. Also too bad someone couldn't dig up more interviews with Elgin Baylor and Jerry West talking about how frustrating it was to lose all those years to the Celtics, although there is a good feature on Rod Hundley and Tommy Hawkins talking about the '85 Lakers win.Read more ›
* "Meet the Champs" (1954) - Rare, archival black-and-white film featuring the first NBA dynasty, the Minneapolis Lakers, including extensive highlights of the 1954 season, the Western Conference Finals against the Fort Wayne Pistons, and the 1954 NBA Finals against the New York Knickerbockers.
* 1972 NBA Finals Game 5, Knicks at Lakers - Complete Original Broadcast (ABC Sports).
* "That Magic Season" (1980) - Vintage NBA Films presentation reviewing the 1980 Playoffs, and NBA Finals between Dr. J's Sixers and Magic Johnson's Lakers.
* 1980 NBA Finals Game 6, Lakers at Sixers - Complete Original Broadcast (CBS Sports).
* "Something to Prove" (1982) - Vintage NBA Films presentation reviewing the 1982 NBA Finals, a rematch of the 1980 Sixers-Lakers matchup.
* 1982 NBA Finals Game 1, Lakers at Sixers - Complete Original Broadcast (CBS Sports).
* "Return to Glory" (1985) - Vintage NBA Films presentation reviewing the 1985 playoffs, and the 1985 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics.
* 1985 NBA Finals Game 6, Lakers at Celtics - Complete Original Broadcast (CBS Sports)
* "The Drive for Five" (1987) - The story of the 1986-87 Lakers, from opening night through victory over the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
* 1987 NBA Finals Game 4, Lakers at Celtics - Complete Original Broadcast (CBS Sports).Read more ›
But having watched that memorable game (vs. Sixers) and all the subsequent games included, I think that for anyone who loves this game like I do, this is both an exciting trip down memory lane, and (more importantly) a historical lesson in just how much the game has changed and has affected broadcast sports and the players who play it.
I think especially for younger people today, who didn't grow up with Magic and Bird (not to mention a guy named Dr. J), this is especially meaningful. I don't think anyone can underestimate the historical importance of Magic and Bird...but especially Magic, givin his dominance of what we use to call "team basketball".
The real joy is seeing the actual games, from beginning to end. The most important point to this collection is to sit back, watch, and appreciate just how great the Lakers were in the '80's (not to mention the Celtics and Sixers). The Lakers played such incredibly beautiful, orchestrated fast-break basketball.
These days (or even in the 90's) you would be hardpressed to find more than a couple decent fastbreaks in a game that didn't end in a sloppy turnover or mistake. On the other hand, for a real lesson in what the fast-break truely was, sit back and watch the games on these dvds. You just knew when the Magic Johnson fast-break started, something good would happen...either a dunk by Worthy, or an outside shot by Scott...guaranteed 90% of the time. That calculated, harmony and spectacle is extremely rare these days.Read more ›
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I love it... The complete history of the Lakers from their inception thru the days of the "Black Mamba". It's awesome!!!Published 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
A must have for True Laker fans, great historical events & legendary games by some of the Purple & Gold's greatest players...Published 1 month ago by Damian
Cannot be a Lakers fan and not own this piece of their history, it's awesome!Published 2 months ago by Edilberto Garcia
Every Laker fan should own this. As good as Magic and his show time Lakers was. Kobe and Shaq was better.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nice 5-DVD set released in 2004 that gave a good accounting of the history of this famous franchise. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bigstory