Drive: The Story of My Life

Drive: The Story of My Life

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by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bob Ryan
     
 

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"Of all the people I play against, the only one I truly fear is Larry Bird."—Magic Johnson, from the Foreword.

The heart and soul of a champion: his life, his career, his game. To understand basketball, you have to understand Larry Bird. Arguably the greatest all-around player the game has ever known, he led the Boston Celtics from the basement

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"Of all the people I play against, the only one I truly fear is Larry Bird."—Magic Johnson, from the Foreword.

The heart and soul of a champion: his life, his career, his game. To understand basketball, you have to understand Larry Bird. Arguably the greatest all-around player the game has ever known, he led the Boston Celtics from the basement to three world championships, collecting three NBA Most Valuable Player awards along the way. Yet, despite these massive accomplishments, Bird has rarely talked to the press, and much about the man has remained a mystery. Now in Drive, the long-silent superstar sets the record straight, revealed a side of himself-and of basketball-you've never see before. Inside, you'll learn Bird's most private feelings about: The momentous decision to transfer from Bobby Knight's Indiana University to Indiana State. The heartbreak of his father's suicide and his own failed marriage. The single-minded discipline that tumed a small-town hero into a national superstar. The Boston Garden and the legendary Celtic charm. The Isiah Thomas controversy and the fierce Celtic-Laker rivalry. The great players of the NBA: including Magic Johnson, Dominique Wilkins, and Michael Jordan, and much more. here is the book that puts a basketball legend-and his game-on the line. And scores!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Boston Celtic forward addresses his troubled past, discussing his teammates and telling basketball anecdotes in the process. ``Depth and introspection are not among the book's strengths,'' warned PW . ``However, even the brief suggestions of the inner Bird make the book worth reading.'' Photos. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553287585
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1990
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
283,588
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.85(d)
Lexile:
900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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CalderF7D More than 1 year ago
You don't have to be really rich to play basketball; in fact Drive by Larry Bird tells us about how his life wasn't filled with money. He had a big family and not a lot of money at home. The book tells about how his life when he grew up helped his career as a basketball play later on in his life. The book also tells about how he was drafted on many teams before he got drafted to the Celtics, which was his most famous drafting. You also find how his family helped him get so far in his life and how they impacted it. His family pretty much helped him find his college and what one was right for him and his basketball skills. They influenced how he played and the choices he made in life. It helped him because he had to make a lot of big choices in life so with their help it was a lot easier. In my opinion, Drive was a good book but it was very repetitive at times. I think that if you like basketball, the Celtics, or Larry Bird you should definitely read this book. Even though I don't play basketball I liked this book and thought it was a good read. I like it because it describes his life as a kid and it is good to know what his life was like compared to mine. I would recommend this book to kids in the middle school age group 5-8 grade, if you are in these grade levels then definitely read it, especially if you play basketball. It was a good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...but the writing doesn't live up to the subject. A fun, fast read, rather than something I'd keep around to revisit.
eric-prz More than 1 year ago
Drive: The Story of my Life is a great book written by the basketball legend Larry Bird. Bird separates his life story into his childhood, his career, and then comments on many things in life like teammates, arenas, and interesting people he has met. Bird, who was mostly quiet his whole career, lets the reader in about his conflicts in his childhood, including his father's suicide, early marriage, and even the struggles he had choosing a college. He also talks about his feelings for the game, and how much respect he has for all the players and people around him, showing a different side of Bird then you would see on the court. This makes Bird's book extra special. He chooses to talk about his struggles and how he overcame them, rather than focusing only on how many points he scored or the money he earned. He was a truly modest man, and it shows in his book. Being raised in a small town, Bird had no expectations of becoming a pro basketball player. So, Bird emphasizes hard work throughout his book, showing the improvements he made by spending that extra hour in the gym to become one of basketball's greats. His book separates him from the rest; Bird was a truly modest man who had to work hard to gain the skills that made him such an influential player in the NBA. The book will keep you interested throughout each chapter and unfolds his life from his earliest years to bringing the Celtics to the top of the league. If you're interesting in finding out some of the most intimate details about one of the greatest players in the game of basketball, then I completely recommend this book.
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I think that this book was awesome and a great read for anyone who is interested in Larry Bird or Basketball. The book describes the life of Larry Bird in vivid detail and the many thing Larry Bird had to go through as a kid to make it into the NBA. Most books I have read about other athletes are not as good as this one because Larry Bird is not like most people. If you love basketball and Larry Bird then this is the book for you. I really enjoyed reading this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked up the book Drive: The Story of My Life, I was moved out of my seat. To read about one of the most successful basketball players to ever play the game have so many problems growing up as a child and fighting through all of them, it was a great book to read. I grew up watching Michael Jordan and I always thought he was the best player, but after reading this book and seeing what other people thought of Bird's ability to play the game I started to believe that Bird might have been the best. This book was an amazing book and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of basketball and Larry Bird.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book ¿Drive¿ is the life story of one of the greatest basketball players ever, Larry Bird. The book tells of all the set backs and great things that happened throughout his life. Growing up in central Indiana a state known for its basketball teams, young Larry¿s first dream was to play professional baseball. He had no idea what was down the road for him in the game of basketball. Larry had quite a difficult childhood. His father committed suicide when he was at the impressionable young age of twelve, leaving his mother to raise a daughter and three teen sons. One afternoon, Larry¿s older brother Mark was playing a game of basketball at the local high school when the team needed an extra player. Naturally, Mark asked his little brother to fill in. It was on that day, that Larry fell in love with the game. While he played he was so focused that it seemed as if the world around him was standing still. His natural talent helped him to find his true calling and to cement his fate as one of the greatest basketball players ever. Larry is a perfectionist. He is hardworking and stubborn; he worked on shots for hours at a time. If he couldn¿t nail a specific shot he would stay hours on the court until he made it repeatedly. By his senior year in high school, he was chosen as an All-American which allowed him to choose any college he desired and play ball. Bobby Knight, head coach of Indiana University was highly interested in him. He invited Larry to come down for some summer practices, but after only one practice, Larry was not impressed. He went to a smaller school, Indiana State University where he immediately became a sports star. He was named to the All-American team for three consecutive years before he was drafted in the first round by the Boston Celtics. During his career in Boston, he won five World Championships and was selected as the league Most Valuable Player four times. Larry Bird retired from professional basketball at the young age of thirty-eight. This book was a perfect read for me. I liked the way it was written, it was easy to read and understand. I also liked how it showed that determination and hard work can pay off. The part of the book where it tells about how bad he was and he got so much better with practice really makes me want to apply Bird¿s work ethic to baseball, my passion. The only thing that I didn¿t enjoy was that there weren¿t any secondary characters. I would have thought there would have been more about his family and coaches and how they pushed him and inspired him. Overall, the book was great; I would recommend this book to anyone with the hope of reaching their dreams in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a good book he just could have been clearer in spots
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent nonfiction basketball book. Learned a lot about the best baskebtall player to ever walk the face of planet Earth.
John_East More than 1 year ago
The story line ends the year I was born, and published a year later. I have spent countless hours talking with my father, father's friends, and my grandfather about the Celtics in the 80's. Hearing about the "The Big Three" of their day, and the classic matchup with the L.A. Lakers. I'm fully satisfied with this book and what it has given me. I understand what was going on inside and outside of the locker room in the years where the Boston Celtics ruled the NBA. I can finally sit down and watch the "New Big Three" play and talk with my father about the differences and ask questions about the Celtics in the 80's. It not only has given me the feeling like I was there in the 80's but brought me closer to my family and loved ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, very interesting. Everything that you need to know about larry bird is in this book.