Few eras in the NBA really imprinted themselves in the minds of fans. There were the Bad Boys of Detroit, the Chicago Bulls dynasty, and the Showtime Lakers. For actor and basketball diehard Jamie Foxx, there was nothing like the Showtime Lakers. He shared the impact of seeing one of the stars in that era, Byron Scott.
When I see you out, I light up!
Jamie Foxx was on Byron Scott’s podcast and revealed he still feels the same admiration seeing the players from the Showtime Lakers. Coming from a multi-awarded movie star, that speaks to how big of an impact the players in that era were if the celebrity remains starstruck after all these years.
“What you guys did, man, that these young guys can benefit on now. I don’t think they understand because when you guys played, it felt like war. Felt like these legendary battles that we still feed off today. That’s why when I see you out, I light up. And when Black people get excited, we march. When I seen you, I was like, ohh, s**t!”
Foxx probably referred to how the Showtime Lakers dominated back then, but they earned every single win with blood, sweat, and tears. The team may have been loaded at that time, but those players got pride and were no buddies with their opponents. The Showtime Lakers knew they had the target on their backs so they had to bring their A-game every time.
How the Showtime Lakers fared with Byron Scott
When Byron Scott joined the Lakers, he solidified what was already a good team. His presence on the court provided the needed firepower support for Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy. Together, they won five championships in nine finals appearances. That speaks to how well the group played with each other.
Scott even mentioned he would pick the Showtime Lakers against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls team that featured Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen. And he may have a point. The Showtime Lakers were loaded in every position; almost everyone could run in transition, defend, rebound, and score.
There will never be another Showtime Lakers in any era. That was a special time, and the players created magic that left a print in the history of basketball.