It may be the day after Christmas, but this FREE NBA comic book is a special gift for basketball fans who remember the Los Angeles Showtime Lakers – not to be confused with the injured riddled team we witnessed yesterday fall short to the Miami Heat.
With Lakers star Kobe Bryant out injured for the next six weeks and other members of the team’s nucleus either slowed by injury or slowed period by age, the slide of the Purple and Gold franchise is certain to continue.
Lakers fans long for the glory days of Kobe and Shaq and pine for a modern day sequel of the franchise’s best team ever – the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s.
That talented tinsel town team perfectly fit the Hollywood hype of its Showtime nickname. With an energetic style of fast break basketball, the Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s electrified NBA fans.
Their play regularly entertained the many movie, music and television celebrities who attended their home games at the old Great Western Forum in Los Angeles.
Much of the Showtime nickname is credited to Lakers star Earvin Magic Johnson. The 6’9″ point guard and overall number one pick in the 1979 NBA Draft became famous for his no look passes and extra bright smile. He led the Lakers Showtime fast break like an expert director of a major motion picture.
Nearly 30 years later and 16 titles to their credit, the Lakers remain one of the NBA’s most successful franchises.
Thanks in good part to Magic Johnson and his teammates, the Lakers are ranked as the league’s most valuable team.
With an estimated worth of nearly $1 billion, the Lakers’ Showtime teams of the 1980s helped create a basketball blockbuster that rivals any Hollywood box-office hit.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!