What we've got brewing over in Los Angeles is the closest thing we've had to the Showtime Lakers since the Show ended and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989. It's hard to argue that there could be anything less than a show every night in Staples Center as L.A. has become the talk of the NBA.
Sure, there are a lot of moving parts yet to put together and Dwight Howard's back is keeping him out of the game until...well until we hear anything about Dwight Howard's back getting better so a lot of things need to fall into place before we can really call it a revitalization of Showtime.
What is Showtime, however? At the core what was the build of the team that won five titles in the 80s and really set the wheels in motion for the basketball revolution. Michael Jordan shoved basketball into the eyes of every child around the world in awe of what a single man can do, but Showtime put basketball into the mainstream and paved the way for what basketball is today.
Superstars became super-duper-stars and the media microscope that constantly held Hollywood in a petri dish was both a curse and a blessing. It exposed every pimple and magnified every point of pride, effectively turning the Lakers into the talk of the country.
Rivalries were born, fuel was fed to old rivalries and basketball during the 80s became this point of reference that everyone points back to remembering fondly. The game would have been great without Showtime in the 80s, but the Lakers just put it all over the top.
In hopes that the Lakers can add even more pop to the already exciting league, and take a run at a title in the process, let's take a look at what they can learn from the Showtime Lakers, good and bad.