When the Game Was Ours

With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, When the Game Was Ours transports readers to this electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting one another.

When the Game Was Ours

When the Game Was Ours

From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s — Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, physical vs finesse, Old School vs Showtime, even white vs black. Each pushed the other to greatness — together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships, six MVP awards and helped save the floundering NBA at its most critical time. When it started they were bitter rivals, but along the way they became lifelong friends. With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, When the Game Was Ours transports readers to this electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting one another. From the heady days of trading championships to the darker days of injury and illness, we come to understand Larry’s obsessive devotion to winning and how his demons drove him on the court. We hear him talk with candor about playing through chronic pain and its truly exacting toll. In Magic we see a young, invincible star struggle with the sting of defeat, not just as a player but as a team leader. We are there the moment he learns he’s contracted HIV and hear in his own words how that devastating news impacted his relationships in basketball and beyond. But always, in both cases, we see them prevail. A compelling, up-close-and-personal portrait of basketball’s most inimitable duo, When the Game Was Ours is a reevaluation of three decades in counterpoint. It is also a rollicking ride through professional basketball’s best times.

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When the Game Was Ours
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson, Jackie MacMullan
Categories: Sports & Recreation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-11-04 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s — Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West,
When the Game was Ours
Language: en
Pages: 340
Authors: Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson, Jackie MacMullan
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher:

With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, "When the Game Was Ours" transports readers to an electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players--Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson--dead set on besting one another.
Bird Watching
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Larry Bird, Jackie MacMullan
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-09-01 - Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Larry Bird captured the imagination and admiration of basketball fans throughout his thirteen-year career with the Boston Celtics with his trademark style of creative, intelligent, exciting, and hard-nosed play. And then, last year in his rookie season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers, he infused the team with these
Bird Watching
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Larry Bird, Jackie MacMullan
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-12-14 - Publisher: Hachette UK

Larry Bird captured the imagination and admiration of basketball fans throughout his thirteen-year career with the Boston Celtics with his trademark style of creative, intelligent, exciting, and hard-nosed play. And then, last year in his rookie season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers, he infused the team with these
Drive
Language: en
Pages: 259
Authors: Larry Bird, Bob Ryan
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 1989 - Publisher: Doubleday Books

The basketball superstar recounts his tragedies--from his father's alcoholism and suicide to his own failed marriage--and triumphs including leading the Boston Celtics to three world championships

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