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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 2003–04In 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....

Title : Madmen's Ball: The Continuing Saga of Kobe, Phil, and the Los Angeles Lakers
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ISBN : 9781600781988
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 307 Pages
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Madmen's Ball: The Continuing Saga of Kobe, Phil, and the Los Angeles Lakers Reviews

  • Derek Noble
    2018-09-29 13:35

    In Madmen's Ball by Mark Heisler the author's message is that The Los Angeles Lakers have had many dysfunctional dynasties while becoming one of the greatest franchise sports history. We understand this message through events such as, the Shaq and Kobe feud. Unimportant quote from the book is,"There's more to life that who's team this is, but this is his team so it's time for him to act like it. That means no more coming into camp fat and out of shape when your team is relying on your leadership on and off the court. It also means no more blaming others for our team's failure or blaming staff members for not over-dramatizing your injuries so that you avoid blame for your lack of conditioning." On page 233. This is important because it highlights how the team's star players and leaders were constantly going against each other instead of working together to try to win. Another important quote from the book is"Also 'my team' doesn't mean only when we win. It means carrying the burden of the defeat just as gracefully as you carry a championship trophy." on page 234. This is important because it shows how the leader of the team must always be there for his team even when they lose, this quote was said following a loss in the playoffs after winning the NBA championship three straight years.This book was very interesting and insightful as it highlighted the history with untold stories of my favorite sports team. This book is also very memorable as it was on a topic that is very appealing to me. I would say that this book is very well written and it makes sense as it goes in chronological order beginning in the 1960s and ending in about 2004. Although this was a fast read, it is worth the time because it provides so much information that is so difficult to find in such great detail. After reading the last page of Madmen's Ball, readers left with the feeling of wondering what could've been, one of the greatest sports team ever assembled fell apart after one single season. As humans, we should take the advice of the author which is that you must always stay together as you never know what you may be able to accomplish.

  • Devonta Perry75
    2018-10-18 09:13

    the trading of Shaquille O'Neal, the $130 million re-signing of the controversy-plagued Kobe Bryant, and the departure of legendary coach Phil Jackson, the history of the Los Angeles Lakers entered yet another tumultuous phase in 2004. Few teams in the history of sports have ever been as dysfunctional as the squad Jackson coached during his final season, but as Mark H ...more With the trading of Shaquille O'Neal, the $130 million re-signing of the controversy-plagued Kobe Bryant, and the departure of legendary coach Phil Jackson, the history of the Los Angeles Lakers entered yet another tumultuous phase in 2004. Few teams in the history of sports have ever been as dysfunctional as the squad Jackson coached during his final season, but as Mark Heisler's riotous Laker history shows, the nine-time NBA champions have often mixed crazy antics with awesome talent. From the enigmatic Jerry West to the cerebral Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the willful, flamboyant Wilt Chamberlain, the Lakers have showcased Hall of Famers with special quirks. Madmen's Ball captures a franchise too good -- and too cool kobe winning his first ring with shaq was a exciting thing for him cause he was only 19 teen when he came into the league then from there 2007 he won his 3 ring beating the boston celtics an the finals .finally 2008 they played boston again an lost ,2009 an 2010 kobe won two rings straight he was very delight to win against the boston celtics so this year for the 2010 an 2011 season make the best man win cause mami have a very good team this year i like reading this book cause he is my favorite basketball player.

  • Jake Merrifield
    2018-10-02 09:40

    If you like the Los Angeles Lakers or NBA basketball, you need to read this book. Mark Heisler is one of the best basketball writers around, and this is a terrific history of the Laker organization written in an entertaining way. (I read the original edition, so I can't speak to the newer versions covering the last batch of championships). A lot of folks will point to Roland Lazenby's The Show as the Must Read laker book, but I prefer this one base on Heisler's writing and LA perspective.

  • Gohomelefty
    2018-09-21 06:42

    I guess if you're new to the Lakers, this book is a good start for getting acquainted with Laker history. Most of the info is general, but there are some good insider tidbits here and there :)

  • Sarah
    2018-10-10 08:31

    Great narrative on the Lakers. Highly enjoyed- even though I'll never cheer for them, enjoyed the inner workings of this amazing organization!

  • Clara
    2018-10-15 13:41

    Great book on the history of the recent Lakers!