It would appear that nearly every Showtime Laker of consequence flew to Maui, the website of several of the club’s training camps back your day, earlier this month for a real reunion and walk-through practice, as was rumored to transpire from Ramona Shelburne.
A number of the players from the team’s classic Magic Johnson-era pre-retirement run, where the team appeared in nine NBA Finals over 12 years, winning five, were present. Hall of Famers Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy were needless to say present, as were crucial role players just like a.C. Green (who won titles both with this particular vintage of the Lakers and the Shaquille O’Neal/Kobe Bryant incarnation), Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, Mychal Thompson, Spencer Haywood, Bob McAdoo, Kurt Rambis, Wes Matthews Sr., Billy Thompson, Eddie Jordan, Milt Wagner Jr., Mike Smrek, and also 7’5″ reserve big man Chuck Nevitt!
During Hawaii, the players ran via an old-school practice (albeit with hardly any defense) and hit the links for a few golf, and generally reminisced about their time dominating the NBA world.
Also it wasn’t just the players.
Current Miami Heat team president Pat Riley, who served being an assistant coach for the 1979-80 title-winning team and the top coach from 1981-1990 (when L.A. won four championships), led the charge. Gary Vitti, who served because the team’s physical trainer for 32 years, also attended.
Abdul-Jabbar hailed as soon as as “a reunion that I’ll always cherish,” posting some sweet pictures:
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Byron Scott posted oodles of content. Here’s the gang all assembled for a large group picture in the fitness center where they practiced:
Gary Vitti got in on the fun, recreating a vintage old image with Byron Scott:
Scott also posted some video of some Magic Johnson walk-through plays:
Michael Cooper showed a online video of the Showtime Lakers, all within their 50s-70s, stretching out those weary hamstrings:
Mychal Thompson, longtime Lakers broadcaster and Klay’s dad, got a little cheeky along with his captioning:
In these group photos thanks to Magic Johnson, it would appear that the players all traveled making use of their significant others:
Per For The Win, Lakers local network home Spectrum SportsNet will air a particular documenting the Showtime Reunion on November 4, following a Lakers-Jazz postgame show (that ought to be considered a Lakers win, given the existing state of the Jazz).