When the Game Was Ours

When the Game Was Ours

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780547225470
0547225474
Characteristics: xi, 340 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: MacMullan, Jackie
Johnson, Earvin 1959-

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Wsargeant
May 26, 2017

Very enjoyable and enlightening. This was a period in the NBA which I didn't know much about, since have become interested in basketball more recently. The psychology and competitiveness of the players was interesting as well as the dynamics between the players, coaches, managers, owners, and teams. This book may be aimed at an audience who has a more complete understanding of the sport than I do since it uses a lot of terminology of plays, some of which I don't understand, however it was still enjoyable.

austinmurphy Jan 30, 2012

This is an enjoyably comprehensive read about the Bird vs. Magic rivalry. At times I thought the writing seemed a bit scattered (jumping from one topic to the next with little segue), but it doesn't detract much. I'm especially intrigued by the negativity surrounding Isiah Thomas, Magic's once close friend who seems to have spent the last two decades burning every bridge he can find.

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nora1965
Jun 17, 2010

I just finished this book and absolutely loved it! I am a HUGE Laker fan and was curious to read Larry and Magic's accounts of their relationship. I grew up to hate Larry Bird, but in reading this I have developed a respect and fondness for him that rivals how I feel about "my Magic". This is a must read for any basketball fan!

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Deanne L R Coupal
Mar 23, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. At first I was skeptical because I have never been a basketball fan and I'm too young to remember when Magic Johnson was playing. His public persona has been defined by his illness and his subsequent charity work. However, I was pleasantly surprised to read about this intense and, later, friendly rivalry between these two great athletes. It's nice to read about athletes who actually cared about the game and their performance, rather than the entitled athletes of today who sometimes have no respect for the game or their fans. If I ever see Larry Bird, I'll be sure to ask him if he's heard from Magic lately! haha

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