By Adam Tschorn
They were the team to beat in the 1980s — and didn’t they know it. In just a few months, the 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers would take Showtime to a new level with their fourth championship in eight years, so who’s to blame them for a moment of silliness? Sometimes in hubris lies great camp.
In January ’87, for a Miller Lite promotional poster, the team headed down to Redondo Beach, where Body Glove co-founder Bob Meistrell and his wife Patty kept their 74-foot yacht, Disappearance. The team, in all its thigh-baring ’80s-era glory, was captured by NBA senior photographer Andy Bernstein. As for the concept? Blame Lon Rosen, director of promotions for the Lakers (and now a William Morris agent) for taking the players on this afternoon cruise. opens in a new windowClick here to continue reading this article.