The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s, nicknamed “Showtime,” were perhaps the most fun team to watch in NBA history as they won five championships in a nine-year span. Led by head coach Pat Riley, the Showtime Lakers had a number of stars including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Byron Scott and Michael Cooper. Not only did they have stars, but Riley was able to get them all to play together as one, which led to some of the most unselfish, beautiful basketball ever played.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 8, 2017
Johnson is still with the Lakers organization today as in February he took over as the president of basketball operations, overseeing the Lakers entire front office.
Riley currently holds the same position for the Miami Heat, as he was responsible for bringing the Heat team that won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013 led by LeBron James playing a similar brand of basketball that Riley and Johnson patented with the Showtime Lakers.