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When the Game Was Ours
When the Game Was Ours Larry Bird, Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Jackie Macmullan 0547225474 9780547225470 From the moment these two legendary players took the court on opposing sides, first at the 1979 NCAA Championships, then on opposite coasts in the NB
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When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird, Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Jackie Macmullan

From the moment these two legendary players took the court on opposing sides, first at the 1979 NCAA Championships, then on opposite coasts in the NBA, 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 8 NBA Championships, and 6 MVP awards and, oh by the way, saved 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 year after year to the darker days of injury and illness, we come to understand Larrys obsessive devotion to winning, how his past and his demons drove him on the court, how he fought through injury, and how he made his way in the sport after he had finished playing it. We see a young, invincible Magic struggle with the sting of defeat, not just as a player but as a team leader.nbsp; We are there the moment he finds out hes contracted HIV and hear for the first time how that watershed moment impacted his relationships with his friends and with the sport itself. And always, we see him prevail. A compelling, up-close-and-personal portrait of basketballs most inimitable duo, WHEN THE GAME WAS OURS is a reevaluation of three decades in counterpoint. It is also a rollicking ride through professional basketballs best times.

Author: Larry Bird, Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Jackie Macmull

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 340

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2009-11-04

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ISBN: 0547225474


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