Three-Ring Circus - Jeff Pearlman

Three-Ring Circus

By Jeff Pearlman

  • Release Date: 2020-09-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 151 Ratings


The story of the Lakers dynasty from 1996 through 2004, when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal combined—and collided—to help bring the Lakers three straight championships and restore the franchise as a powerhouse

In the history of modern sport, there have never been two high-level teammates who loathed each other the way Shaquille O’Neal loathed Kobe Bryant, and Kobe Bryant loathed Shaquille O’Neal. From public sniping and sparring, to physical altercations and the repeated threats of trade, it was warfare. And yet, despite eight years of infighting and hostility, by turns mediated and encouraged by coach Phil Jackson, the Shaq-Kobe duo resulted in one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history. Together, the two led the Lakers to three straight championships and returned glory and excitement to Los Angeles. 

In the tradition of Jeff Pearlman’s bestsellers Showtime, Boys Will Be Boys, and The Bad Guys Won, Three-Ring Circus is a rollicking deep dive into one of sports’ most fraught yet successful pairings. 


  • Not even a quarter through, & thoroughly disappointed so far

    By Bo Chilla
    I don’t know much about the author, but his writing style is highly annoying. I’ve read numerous books about the Lakers/Kobe Bryant, & though this one contains information not shared in the others, his writing really takes away from it. It’s like watching a comedian that’s trying too hard, or an actor that is exaggerated in everything he does. It’s just not a...smooth read, for lack of better words. Each of Phil Jackson’s books reads far more like an adult wrote them. This one, not so much. Instead of just presenting the facts, he uses corny wordplay & unnecessary profanity to get his points across, & he embellishes everything with repetitive words & just a really juvenile style of writing. Hopefully it gets better, but so far I’m pretty disappointed. First book I’ve read in quite awhile where I’m skipping over pages just to skim to better content.
  • Jeff Pearlman is a terrible persom

    By SlimCed
    Just attempted to read this book and boy was it BAD. There was not a good flow in between chapters and I question some of the validity with the author stories as he poorly sourced his info. I even reached out to the author on Twitter and he insulted me and then blocked me. But besides that, the book is long, boring and anti American. Avoid this book. Pearlman is a bad person