Most of you have attended games at Staples Center, 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 remember the infamous Balloon Game.
100 Things Lakers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Steve Springer reveals the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Lakers basketball. Scattered throughout the pages, you’ll find pep talks, records, and Lakers lore to test your knowledge, including:
- The seven unforgettable games of the 1984 Finals – Magic vs. Bird, Lakers vs. Celtics
- He was Dr. J before Dr. J, MJ before MJ – the legacy of Elgin Baylor
- The best and worst trades, and five biggest head cases in team history
- The curious case of Spencer Haywood, one of the oddest Lakers of all time
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About the Author
Steve Springer is a former sportswriter who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. He is the coauthor of Laker Girl and American Son, with boxer Oscar De La Hoya which made The New York Times bestseller list. He lives in Woodland Hills, California. Bill Sharman was one of the first NBA guards to push his field-goal percentage above .400 for a season (.436 in 1952–53). He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976 and again in 2004 as a coach. In 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.