The Showtime Los Angeles Lakers redefined basketball and had a major impact on American culture in the 1980s.
The Lakers won five titles after Dr. Jerry Boss bought the franchise and coined Magic Johnson in 1979, ushering in the Showtime era. Dr. Boss added an element of entertainment to the games, providing stadium seating and adding fan performances during timeouts.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles basketball wowed the crowd with its quick play and flashy passes that set the tone for the traditional and gritty style favored by most NBA teams.
Three different documentaries brought back memories of the Showtime era this summer, in an effort to tell the story of the famous group. And now, ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne tells Zach Lowe on “Lowe Post” podcast The Showtime Lakers will have a reunion in Hawaii – and maybe circle a little bit where they used to travel to practice on their playing days:
That Showtime group, Cream, Magic, James Worthy, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, Pat Riley – they’ve all been waking up there for years. Kareem has just turned 75 and a lot of them feel… that they’re all keeping in touch, but they all feel like they want to get together, and so they’re all going to Maui. Remember, they used to go to Hawaii for training camps. They will have a big group vacation coming up. I don’t know the exact day but it’s either the end of this week or next week. …and I know Michael Thompson and I were on L.A. Radio that day, and he was part of that group as well. And Michele is like staying in the hotel, a team hotel, never leaving the hotel. It’s like a person at home, who doesn’t want to go anywhere. He wants to play with his grandson, and he wants to come home this season. And he said, I’m not going, I don’t need a vacation now. I just want to stay home before the season starts. He was contacted by Pat Riley and Magic Johnson. It was like ‘What won’t you go? Come now.’ And T was like, “Oh my God, my coach is calling me. I can’t say no to Rails, can I? And called Magic, you can’t say no to magic either. Everyone from that era goes on a big vacation together. Which is like the real Showtime Lakers going on vacation. And apparently, there will be practice. Michael says it will be a wander. They’re just, you know, going out and pretending. But I don’t know if 75-year-old Karim is going to go out there and play Skyhawks again or Magic, who’s older…but, you know, when Pat Riley’s on the field and the Showtime Lakers are on the field, and they’re running a run – Like, will they play right? “
The Showtime Lakers remained close even after their careers ended. During the 2021-22 season, several of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s former teammates joined the legendary center in Celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday In the first half of a late-season victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Many Showtime Lakers too Came to Jerry West’s defense When he complained about his portrayal in the HBO movie “Winning Time.”
Abdul-Jabbar launches a podcast on Showtime
Besides watching Hulu’s “Winning Time” or “Legacy: The True Story of the Lakers,” Los Angeles fans can hear Showtime-era stories told by Abdul-Jabbar about his new movie. podcast “Skyhook”.
Abdul-Jabbar launched the show in mid-August, saying he would invite several of his former teammates to “chat about their Showtime days”.
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