Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: October 1, 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0547394586
ISBN - 13: 9780547394589
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.
Read from the Book
APRIL 9, 1978 Lexington, Kentucky The errant shot came off the glass at a sharp angle, but Larry Bird, charting the flight of the ball, pulled down the rebound and advanced without hesitation, swiveling his head as he examined his options. Earvin Johnson had already begun to head down the court the moment the ball was in flight. He''d been playing with Bird for only six days on a team of college All-Stars in this international roundrobin competition, yet already Johnson had determined that Bird was the most resourceful rebounder they had. Bird filled the center lane, and Magic streaked down the right side, calling for the ball, but the forward looked away, as if he had pressing matters elsewhere. For one brief instant, Magic was disappointed. ?I guess he''s not going to give it to me," he murmured. And that''s when it came: a behind-the-back missile that landed directly on Magic''s right palm. It remained there just long enough for Johnson to disarm defender Andrei Lapatov with a crossover dribble, then sling it back over his shoulder with a no-look feed to Bird. Indiana State''s star barely aligned the seams before his touch pass was back to Magic, leaving no time for the overmatched Soviet player to react. As Johnson banked in the lay-up, the crowd at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, roared with delight. Magic turned and charged toward Bird to offer him his signature high-five. Bird slapped the teenager''s hand, and the two jogged back down the floor, side by side, one sk
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 CE
"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 ju