The Showtime Lakers, the team that ruled 80s basketball, are reuniting, but it's not on the basketball court this time. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Magic Johnson, Michael Cooper, James Worthy, and Pat Riley are spearheading the vacation-reunion trip in Maui, Hawaii. The best part? Their reunion will be filled with basketball activities and a trip down memory lane.
A Practice session with Pat Riley
According to ESPN's senior writer Zach Lowe, coach Riley will conduct a practice session in Hawaii, where the Showtime Lakers ran their training camps back in the day. It's not surprising to learn that Magic thought about the trip and convinced his former teammates like Mychal Thompson to join them. Whether or not Kareem showcases his famous skyhook shot or if Johnson puts on a passing clinic is yet to be determined.
"That "Showtime" group, that's Kareem, Magic, James Worthy, Byron Scott, Michael Cooper, Pat Riley — they're all getting up there in years. Kareem just turned 75 and a lot of them have felt like… they all stay in touch, but they've all felt like they want to get together, and so they're all going to Maui. Remember, they used to go to Hawaii for training camps. They're going to have a big group vacation coming up," Lowe mentioned on his podcast.
I won't just be retired guys sitting around a table reminiscing. This is Pat Riley we're talking about, so there will a practice session. Age-appropriate, of course.
"Mychael says it's gonna be a walkthrough. They're just gonna, you know, get out there and pretend. But I don't know if a 75-year-old Kareem is gonna get out there and do the Skyhook again… But, you know, when Pat Riley is on the court and the Showtime Lakers are on the court, and they're doing a walkthrough — like, they're going to play right?" Lowe added.
The gang has stayed close to basketball
Despite years after all the Showtime members retired from the game, most are still involved with the NBA. Riley, in particular, currently is the team president of the Miami Heat, while Kareem and Magic (who had an infamous stint as the Lakers general manager 3 years ago) often offer their commentary on the NBA. Meanwhile, Worthy and Thompson cover the Lakers specifically for Spectrum SportsNet and ESPN710, respectively.
It's going to be fascinating to learn about how their reunion goes. Will they be watching the Lakers documentary that's currently being aired on the trip? Will this trip inspire them to come out with their documentary? Will there even be pictures from the trip in the first place? We're about to find out, but in the meantime, it's nice to know that the Showtime Lakers are still very much in touch with each other and have kept their brotherhood throughout the last 30 years.