From the Publisher
A riveting portrait of two legendary players whose
fierce rivalry came to define one of the most exciting periods of
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.
About the Author
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.
Larry Bird played thirteen seasons with the Boston
Celtics and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1998. He was
head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000 and currently
serves as their President of Basketball Operations.
Earvin Magic Johnson played thirteen seasons with the Los
Angeles Lakers and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2002.
Currently he is 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. She is a
frequent correspondent for ESPN and a regular contestant on
ESPN''s "Around the Horn."
About the Book
From the moment Larry Bird and Magic Johnson took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most thrilling rivalry in the NBA.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 3, 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547394586
ISBN - 13: 9780547394589