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The Spencer Haywood Rule
The Spencer Haywood Rule (4 Formats) ›
By Marc J. Spears, By Gary Washburn
Cloth Price 28.00

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ISBN 9781629377766

Estimated Release Date Oct 2020

One of the most dominant big men of his era, Haywood burst onto the international scene with a revelatory performance as only a 19-year old at the infamous and divisive 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Yet, while his basketball career was just beginning back in that summer of '68, it was just one notable moment in the extraordinary and fateful life of the big man from Silver City, Mississippi. Marc Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated and Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe tell the remarkable story of a man who was born into indentured servitude in rural Mississippi, and all of the unbelievable trials, tribulations, successes, failures, and redemptions that followed. Haywood's triumphs on the court are only part of the legend, as his winding journey off the court saw him challenge the NBA Draft entry rules and win at the Supreme Court level, run in New York City high-fashion circles in the mid-1970s with his then-wife supermodel Iman, and bottom out with alcohol and drug addiction during the infancy of the Showtime Lakers dynasty. Spears and Washburn explore how Haywood's impact was felt throughout the NBA and in society at large, culminating in Haywood's inspiring second act as an advocate for current and retired NBA players alike.
The Legend of Kobe Bryant
The Legend of Kobe Bryant (4 Formats) ›
By Triumph Books
Trade Paper Price 12.95

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ISBN 9781629378510

Published Mar 2020

Kobe Bryant will forever be known as one of basketball's greatest superstars. Nicknamed "The Black Mamba," the Los Angeles Lakers legend left his mark on the game as a fierce competitor who lifted those around him and never settled for anything less than the best.  The Legend of Kobe Bryant contains essential facts and stories all basketball fans should know, plus inspiring quotes and brilliant photos. Learn about Kobe's early days bursting onto the NBA scene, his five NBA championships with the Lakers, his unforgettable 60-point final game, and his desire to share basketball with everyone.  
Kobe
Kobe (4 Formats) ›
By The Los Angeles Daily News
Trade Paper Price 15.95

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ISBN 9781629378503

Published Feb 2020

Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered as one of the most influential figures basketball has ever known. The Black Mamba's path to iconic status started quietly with the 13th pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, but Kobe left his mark in Los Angeles and beyond as a fierce competitor who lifted those around him and never settled for anything less than the best.This is a profound remembrance of an extraordinary life cut short, covering 20 years of hardwood genius plus a rich existence off the court as a father, filmmaker, mentor, and entrepreneur. Including nearly 100 full-color photographs, fans are provided a glimpse into Kobe's early days bursting onto the NBA scene, the five NBA championships with the Lakers, his transcendent 60-point final game, and his multifaceted second act in retirement.
100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (4 Formats) ›
By Steve Springer, Foreword by Bill Sharman, Foreword by James Worthy
Trade Paper Price 16.95

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ISBN 9781629376776

Published Mar 2019

Most Los Angeles Lakers fans have taken in a game or two at the Staples Center, have seen highlights of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or remember the epic battles with the Celtics in the 1980s. But only real fans know how the Lakers acquired Hot Rod Hundley, which hobby fascinated both Chick Hearn and Elgin Baylor, or the best place to grab a bite in LA before a game. Whether you were there for the Showtime era or started watching during Kobe Bryant's prime, this is the ultimate guide for Lakers faithful. Every essential piece of Lakers knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, is ranked from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist for those on their way to fan superstardom. This new edition is fully up to date, featuring Kobe's memorable farewell and the introduction of LeBron James in 2018.
No Malice
No Malice (4 Formats) ›
By Metta World Peace, By Ryan Dempsey
Cloth Price 26.95

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ISBN 9781629374031

Published May 2018

Metta World Peace knows what it means to be both the hero and the villain. In his 17-season professional basketball career, he's darted back and forth between extremes, taking on the roles of youthful phenom, league-wide disgrace, All-Star, unlikely international ambassador, and fan favorite. Along the way, there have been awards, teammate rifts, an NBA championship trophy, plus a name change or two. It's more than the guy born Ronald William Artest, Jr. might have imagined for himself as a kid growing up in Queens. In No Malice, World Peace speaks candidly about his life on and off the court, from his difficult upbringing, to his time as a star athlete and budding math major at St. Johns; from the infamous "Malice at the Palace" brawl in Detroit, where he earned one of the lengthiest suspensions the NBA has ever handed down, to his sunnier days as a Los Angeles Laker. World Peace also opens up on such diverse subjects as his forays into business and entertainment, the truth behind his volatile, unbelievable antics which have puzzled fans and team management alike, as well as his outspoken advocacy for mental health awareness. No topic is off the table, making this a must-read for hoops fans in Indianapolis, LA, Chicago, China, and any place in between.
Laker Girl
Laker Girl (4 Formats) ›
By Jeanie Buss, By Steve Springer, Foreword by Phil Jackson
Trade Paper Price 16.95

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ISBN 9781600788680

Published Nov 2013

The never-before-told story of the Buss family and of one woman's rise to the top in a man's world, Laker Girl is an unprecedented glimpse into the glamorous world of the Los Angeles Lakers. It is also a behind-the-scenes journal of the 2009–10 Lakers season, a year in which the franchise captured its 16th world championship. By the time Jeanie was 19, she was already a high-ranking executive with World Team Tennis. Today, she is the Lakers' executive vice president of business operations and one of the most influential women in professional sports. Along the way, she's rubbed elbows with everyone from Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, and Shaquille O'Neal to Ryan Seacrest, Khloe Kardashian, Hugh Hefner, and Jack Nicholson. And she's done it all in her own unique, inimitable style. In this updated edition, Buss discusses her recent engagement to Phil Jackson and looks back on the Lakers' eventful past three seasons—an era that has included multiple coaching changes, changes in the front office, a new TV deal, and much more.
100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (3 Formats) ›
By Steve Springer, Foreword by Bill Sharman
PDF Price 11.99

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ISBN 9781623680312

Published Nov 2012

This is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of the Los Angeles Lakers. Most fans have taken in a game or two at the Staples Center, have seen highlights of a young Magic Johnson, and remember the epic battles with the Celtics in the 1980s. But only real fans know how the Lakers acquired Hot Rod Hundley, which hobby fascinated both Chick Hearn and Elgin Baylor, or the best place to grab a bite in Los Angeles before the game. Every essential piece of Lakers knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, is ranked from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist for those on their way to Laker fan superstardom.
Laker Girl
Laker Girl (4 Formats) ›
By Jeanie Buss, By Steve Springer, Foreword by Phil Jackson
Cloth Price 24.95

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ISBN 9781600785115

Published Nov 2010

The never-before-told story of the Buss family and of one woman's rise to the top in a man's world, Laker Girl is an unprecedented glimpse into the glamorous world of the Los Angeles Lakers. It is also a behind-the-scenes journal of the 2009–10 Lakers season, a year in which the franchise captured its 16th world championship. By the time Jeanie was 19, she was already a high-ranking executive with World Team Tennis. Today, she is the Lakers' executive vice president of business operations and one of the most influential women in professional sports. Along the way, she's rubbed elbows with everyone from Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, and Shaquille O'Neal to Ryan Seacrest, Khloe Kardashian, Hugh Hefner, and Jack Nicholson. And she's done it all in her own unique, inimitable style.
Madmen's Ball
Madmen's Ball (4 Formats) ›
By Mark Heisler, Foreword by Jerry West
Cloth Price 24.95

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ISBN 9781600781988

Published Nov 2008

In this revised and expanded edition, Los Angeles Times writer Mark Heisler investigates the 45-year history of the Los Angeles Lakers and unveils a pattern of pampered and/or misguided players, megalomaniacal executives, and owners whose obsessive drives for championships and attention combined to create an atmosphere of conflict for decades Throughout the entire 2003–04 season, fans and the media called the L.A. Lakers the biggest reality show in the country. But the laundry list of conflicts—the ongoing Kobe-Shaq bickering, Kobe's sexual assault trial, Phil Jackson's final season, Gary Payton's refusal to admit his physical decline, and the loss to Detroit in the championship—was just another year in the history of the Lakers. Madmen's Ball goes back to the Lakers' unceremonious arrival in Los Angeles in 1960 to show that the franchise has been embroiled in controversy, in-house battles and personality clashes for generations.
The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Los Angeles Lakers
The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Los Angeles Lakers (4 Formats) ›
By Steven Travers, Foreword by Art Spander
Trade Paper Price 19.95

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ISBN 9781600780042

Published Aug 2007

Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Los Angeles Lakers documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Lakers highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include the 33-game winning streak of the 1960s as well as the implosion of the 2004-2005 team. Whether providing fond memories, goose bumps, or laughs, this portrait of the team is sure to appeal to the fan who has been through it all.
Madmen's Ball
Madmen's Ball ›
By Mark Heisler
Price 14.95

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ISBN 9781572438668

Published Sep 2005

Revealing the stories behind the headlines, Los Angeles Times writer Mark Heisler investigates the 45-year history of the Los Angeles Lakers and unveils a pattern of pampered and/or misguided players, megalomaniacal executives, and owners whose obsessive drives for championships and attention combined to create an atmosphere of conflict for decades Throughout the entire 2003–04 season, fans and the media called the L.A. Lakers the biggest reality show in the country. But the laundry list of conflicts—the ongoing Kobe-Shaq bickering, Kobe's sexual assault trial, Phil Jackson's final season, Gary Payton's refusal to admit his physical decline, and the loss to Detroit in the championship—was just another year in the history of the Lakers. Madmen's Ball goes back to the Lakers' unceremonious arrival in Los Angeles in 1960 to show that the franchise has been embroiled in controversy, in-house battles and personality clashes for generations.
Wilt
Wilt (4 Formats) ›
By Robert Cherry, Foreword by Jerry West
Trade Paper Price 19.95

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ISBN 9781572439153

Published Sep 2004

A capturing of basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain's personality and thoughtsâ€â€Âknown by relatively few people other than family and close friendsâ€â€Âis made available to all in this intimate biography. The author, a native of Philadelphia and an alumnus of Chamberlain's alma mater, spent four years researching and interviewing the most important people in Wilt's life to produce these results.
Chick
Chick (4 Formats) ›
By Chick Hearn, By Steve Springer, Foreword by Jerry West, Afterword by Bill Walton, Narrator Al Michaels
PDF Price 13.99

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ISBN 9781623685935

Published Apr 2004

Chick Hearn was the beloved broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers for four decades and 3,338 consecutive games; his previously unpublished memoirs are now available for the first time, along with a anecdotes and stories from those who knew him—and the Lakers—best. Also included is an audio CD that features Chick's greatest calls.