Madmen's Ball: The Continuing Saga of Kobe, Phil, and the Los Angeles Lakers

3.62 avg rating
( 32 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781600781988: Madmen's Ball: The Continuing Saga of Kobe, Phil, and the Los Angeles Lakers

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Publisher:

"Mark Heisler is the heart, soul, and conscience of the L.A. basketball scene. His passion, perspective, and persistence, coupled with insight, access, and uncanny anticipation and foresight, separates him from the multitude of pretenders." --Bill Walton

From the Inside Flap:

Win or lose, one thing the Los Angeles Lakers have never been is boring. Since they moved to the world capitol of glitz and seduction in 1960, no franchise in sports has been as consistently stressed-out, wacky, or tumultuous as the Lakers. Along the way there have been devastating heartbreaks and glorious triumphs, relationships formed and relationships lost, as well as enough superstars, oversized egos, media attention, scandals, heroes, goats, and backstabbing to last a lifetime. Madmen's Ball is a book about all the characters that made the Lakers great, so many of whom went at least a little out of their minds in the process. This is the story of Jerry West, the icon who was so haunted by the memory of failure that he couldn't bear to be present when the dynasty he resurrected began winning titles again; Pat Riley, the nobody who became a coaching legend, then grew so full of himself that he burst like a balloon; Magic Johnson, who was lionized during his career and then reviled at the end of it when his secrets came out; the flamboyant Wilt Chamberlain; the forbidding Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; the eccentric Jerry Buss; the enigmatic Phil Jackson; and, of course, the "Golden Child" himself, Kobe Bean Bryant, the man who embodies the history of the Lakers franchise like no other. In this revised and expanded edition of Madmen's Ball, acclaimed author and Los Angeles Times journalist Mark Heisler details the colorful, dysfunctional, and often hard-to-believe stories behind all of the greatest and worst moments in the team's history, including the emotional struggles of West; the contentious struggle between Chamberlain and coaches; the power struggles that ensued when too many people tried to take credit for the success of the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s; the acquisitions of Shaquille O'Neal and Bryant that had visions of dynasties dancing in fans' heads--until it all came crashing down in a blaze of jealousy and accusations against the backdrop of Bryant's arrest for sexual assault; and finally the team's apparent resurrection in 2008, as newcomers like Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum helped lead the Lakers back to the top of the NBA's Western Conference. If you've ever wondered exactly how the Lakers ever got this nuts, the answer is they've been practicing for years.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Heisler, Mark
Published by Triumph Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bank of Books
(Ventura, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Triumph Books, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. The dust jacket is in new condition. We have 1.5 million books to choose from -- Ship within 48 hours -- Satisfaction Guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000645398

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 2.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Heisler, Mark
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2008. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # TI-9781600781988

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.20
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Mark Heisler
Published by Triumph Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Triumph Books, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1600781985

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Heisler, Mark
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 1600781985

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Mark Heisler
Published by TRIUMPH BOOKS, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description TRIUMPH BOOKS, United States, 2008. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Revised, Expanded ed.. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. The Los Angeles Lakers three championship dynasty teams--the Jerry West-led teams of the 1960s, Magic Johnson-led teams of the 1980s/1990s and the current Shaquille O Neal-led squad--are thoroughly examined with special interest paid to the tumultuous 2004 season by the author who covered the team everyday through the organization s difficult drive to a fourth title in five years. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9781600781988

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Mark Heisler
Published by TRIUMPH BOOKS, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description TRIUMPH BOOKS, United States, 2008. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Revised, Expanded ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Los Angeles Lakers three championship dynasty teams--the Jerry West-led teams of the 1960s, Magic Johnson-led teams of the 1980s/1990s and the current Shaquille O Neal-led squad--are thoroughly examined with special interest paid to the tumultuous 2004 season by the author who covered the team everyday through the organization s difficult drive to a fourth title in five years. Bookseller Inventory # UGH9781600781988

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Mark Heisler
Published by TRIUMPH BOOKS, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description TRIUMPH BOOKS, United States, 2008. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Revised, Expanded ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Los Angeles Lakers three championship dynasty teams--the Jerry West-led teams of the 1960s, Magic Johnson-led teams of the 1980s/1990s and the current Shaquille O Neal-led squad--are thoroughly examined with special interest paid to the tumultuous 2004 season by the author who covered the team everyday through the organization s difficult drive to a fourth title in five years. Bookseller Inventory # UGH9781600781988

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

MARK HEISLER
Published by Unknown
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 9
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Unknown. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9781600781988

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.31
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Mark Heisler
Published by Liguori Publications
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Liguori Publications. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 6608802

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.37
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Heisler, Mark
Published by Triumph Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 1600781985 ISBN 13: 9781600781988
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Triumph Books, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111600781985

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 32.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book