When the Game Was Ours

When the Game Was Ours

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By (author) Larry Bird, By (author) Earvin Johnson, With Jackie MacMullan

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Format: Paperback | 340 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 202mm x 24mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0547394586
  • ISBN 13: 9780547394589
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 27,710

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A riveting portrait of two legendary players whose fierce rivalry came to define one of the most exciting periods of professional basketball In Celtic green was Larry Bird, the hick from French Lick with laser-beam focus, relentless determination, and a deadly jump shot--a player who demanded excellence from everyone around him and whose caustic wit left opponents quaking in their high-tops. Magic Johnson was Mr. Showtime: young, indomitable, a magnetic personality with all the right moves, he was a pied piper in purple and gold and he burned with an inextinguishable desire to win. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most thrilling rivalry in the NBA--East vs. West, physical vs. finesse, old school vs. Showtime, even white vs. black. Each pushed the other to greatness, and together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships and six MVP awards, helping to save a floundering NBA. "When the Game Was Ours" chronicles an electric era in sports history, revealing for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting each other.

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Larry Bird, in his 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, claimed 3 NBA titles, 3 MVP awards, and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1992, as part of the "Dream Team" he brought home an Olympic gold medal. He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers, which he currently still holds. Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr., in his 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, claimed 5 NBA titles, 3 MVP awards and was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2002. He also won an Olympic gold medal as part of the 1992 "Dream Team." Currently, he is the Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises and Vice President and part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jackie MacMullan is a nationally recognized sports columnist, who spent three decades at the Boston Globe and covered the NBA for Sports Illustrated in the late 1990s. She is a frequent correspondent for ESPN, CNNSI and local Boston television networks. She is also a regular contestant (and the only female one) on ESPN's Around the Horn.

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"MAGICBIRD, BIRDMAGIC really should be the titled "When the Game was Mine" because that is how they went after each other on the court. In "When the Game Was Ours "you will enjoy an exhilarating ride down one of the most competitive rivalries ever." --Pat Riley "Finally--a book that tells the story of Magic and Larry from their vantage point. "When the Game Was Ours" took me inside their fascinating rivalry with new insights and revealing details about two men who evolved from bitter competitors into lifelong friends." --Denzel Washington "At long last the great book on Bird and Magic--their own account, told from behind the scenes, inside huddles, confidential phone conversations, backseats of cars, and most importantly, from their inner hearts. Their book is alive with truth--it's a story of brilliance, brilliantly told with the help of prize-winning writer Jackie MacMullan." --Sally Jenkins, author of "The Real All Americans, Funny Cide, and It's Not About the Bike with Lance Armstrong " ""When The Game Was Ours "is the ultimate insiders' account of the rivalry, the friendship, the tension and the bond between Bird and Magic that launched the modern NBA. A real treat for all hoops fans." --Tom Verducci, author with Joe Torre of the #1 New York Times bestseller, "The Yankee Years " "You know that game where you pick a certain number of characters for your favorite dinner party of all time? (The one where you picked Gandhi, Babe Ruth, Li'l Wayne and, who was it, Jenna Jameson?) I just spent a couple of nights with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in the lyrical When The Game Was Ours and they should be in the mix. They're funny, frank, anecdotal and just plain interesting. This book is terrific." --Leigh Montville, bestselling author of "Ted Williams and The Big Bam " "Unprecedented insight and commentary from the stars themselves on their unique relationship, a compelling mixture of bitter rivalry and mut