Last week I published an excerpt from Roland Lazenby’s upcoming biography of Lakers great Jerry West. The snippet detailed sexual activity by the Lakers during the Showtime era - which was headlined by Magic Johnson. Lazenby has a fascinating follow on his blog today that expounds on the sexual proclivities of the Lakers and the NBA at large.
Though you should definitely read the entire blog post, I’ll highlight something I found interesting. In Lazenby’s piece, former longtime LOS ANGELES HERALD-EXAMINER Lakers beat writer Doug Krikorian completely debunks Wilt Chamberlain’s claim that he slept with 20,000 women.
Doug, who is a friend of mine, actually doesn’t just debunk the myth, he obliterates it with “firsthand” knowledge. And Doug is as credible as they get. Read more…
More excerpts are hitting the main press from Roland Lazenby’s highly-anticipated new book on Jerry West, courtesy Bob Wolfley of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL.
(Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon, is out Feb. 23)
Lazenby reported in the book of the Lakers postgame scene in the ’80s - at the aptly-named Forum - that sounds like something out of Roman times:
“The team’s locker room, and its sauna, had been a place where the star and other players had entertained women, even right after games. Johnson would retire to the sauna after a game, have sex, then put on a robe and return to the locker room for his postgame media interviews.”
(Best crosstown Clippers could do was vomitorium installed by Elgin for fans at Staples years later.)
Now for the really crazy part. West, who ran the team in those days, doesn’t admit to Lazenby’s specific claim but essentially confirms it. Read more…