When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird

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When the Game Was Ours Read Online Free - From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, 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 eight NBA Championships, six MVP awards and helped save 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 to the darker days of injury and illness, we come to understand Larry’s obsessive devotion to winning and how his demons drove him on the court. We hear him talk with candor about playing through chronic pain and its truly exacting toll. In Magic we see a young, invincible star struggle with the sting of defeat, not just as a player but as a team leader.  We are there the moment he learns he’s contracted HIV and hear in his own words how that devastating news impacted his relationships in basketball and beyond. But always, in both cases, we see them prevail.

A compelling, up-close-and-personal portrait of basketball’s most inimitable duo, When the Game Was Ours is a reevaluation of three decades in counterpoint. It is also a rollicking ride through professional basketball’s best times.

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ISBN : 0547225474
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 340 pages


Stacy rated it ★★★★★

June 03, 2017

Wow. I didn't want this book to end, because that would mean Magic and Larry weren't playing any more. Which is silly, since they haven't played in years. I wish I had paid more attention to basketball while these two were playing. I had no idea of their significance to the game. Their leadership...

Mickey rated it ★★★☆☆

July 25, 2010

Reading this book really took me back to my college days. I was a freshman at Indiana University the year Bird and Johnson faced each other in the NCAA finals, and had been an IU basketball fan for years. I remember seeing Larry Bird on the IU campus for some kind of sports dinner just before he...

Barnabas rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2018

Bird and Magic were NBA saviors just before my time, and this book, expertly written, helped me appreciate both more as players and for their role in the league. It jumped around a bit here and there, but moved quickly and was always engaging.

TJ rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2015

This is a well-researched look at the two NBA icons who practically saved the league in the 1980's - Larry Bird, the self-professed "Hick from French Lick" and the effervescent play maker from Lansing, Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Author Jackie MacMullen lets Bird and Magic tell the story with very li...

Ian rated it ★★★★☆

April 02, 2015

This was a great read - Jackie McMullen clearly had plenty of access and was able to tell the story with lots of illuminating input from people who were around the action. It was fascinating to find out more about one of the greatest rivalries in sports and to hear in the players' own words how t...

John rated it ★★★★☆

October 12, 2017

I listened to this book on Kindle (at 2x speed). An excellent sports book about how Bird and Johnson, and their rivalry, revitalized the NBA. I thought the best part of the book was recounting the early years through their retirement. The book fills in the rest of the story, such as Johnson's var...

Rosenkavalier rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2014

PAAAANDEMONIO AL GREAT WESTERN FORUM!!! Se per voi la parola "pandemonio" può essere pronunciata solo con l'accento di Chattanooga, Tennessee, leggete questo libro. Se avete passato le domeniche mattina guardando "Il grande golf con Mario Camicia" per non rischiare di perdere l'inizio della partit...

Brennan rated it ★★★★★

March 19, 2018

Brennan Kulick Miss Weilnau English 3 18 March 2018 IRP #6 Part 1. The book that I read for this Independent Reading Project was Larry Bird & Magic Johnson: When The Game Was Ours. This book is a basketball bibliography of two people, that being Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. This book is about Ma...

Anthony rated it ★★★★★

December 22, 2015

Have you ever known a person that you had been best friends with yet competing with your whole life? In the book When the Game Was Ours by basketball legends Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, their relationship both on and off the court and the differences between them created an exciting and competi...

Jay rated it ★★★★☆

February 02, 2016

During most of the Larry Bird and Magic Johnson era I was in college and most interested in the college game. I knew that Bird and Magic were NBA royalty before Jordan showed up, but not much more about them. I recently attended a presentation by Magic Johnson for my job, where the focus of his t...

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