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Magic's Touch

Magic's Touch

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by Earvin Magic Johnson, Roy S. Johnson

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1979-1980 season, Magic has become an NBA star, twice named most valuable player. Writing with Sports Illustrated editor Johnson, he presents a book that is less an autobiography than a guide to playing basketball. He does note, however, that growing up in a family of 10 children with a father who held two jobs simultaneously instilled in him the work ethic and discipline needed on the court. He makes the points that playing basketball is difficult, that defense, though hardly glamorous, is the key to the game, and that the impressive statistics of his performance are irrelevant if the team doesn't win. Aspiring players will find the book a trove of practical information, and those who are merely spectators will also be the wiser for it. Photos. 125,000 first printing; $125,000 ad/promo. (Nov.)

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Da Capo Press
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Magic's Touch 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a truly inspirational book. Magic really describes his love for the game and his relationships with other NBA legends Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, etc. This book speaks of basketball drills and how to become a good basketball player. He is trying to teach the reader how to play basketball through this book. This is only a biography because Magic is talking about his NBA career somewhat, but most of the book is trying to instruct you on how to become a basketball player. Sure he talks about some of his life, but then it all comes back to 'Do this drill,' 'Condition yourself,' and other things a coach would say. I myself enjoyed this book because I am a basketball player myself, and I thought I could truly learn a thing or two from this book. Some of the drills I even tried on my own and felt I benefited from them, so I would highly recommend this book to basketball players if you would like to sharpen your skills in basketball. To recommend this to other people other then basketball players, I would not recommend it. I would recommend reading Magic's other book 'My Life' if you want to truly learn about him, and his home life, childhood, etc. 'My Life' is a true biography of Magic Johnson, unlike the teaching 'Magic's Touch' tries to send out to readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Magic¿s Touch is a story that attempts to show the reader fundamentals of basketball and also Magic Johnson¿s life. Throughout the story Magic talks about the fundamentals of basketball than he tells the reader how those things helped him. He explains in great detail his relationship with Larry Bird. He tells the story with so much detail you feel as if you were there with him. He talks about all the championships he won and all the hardships he¿s been through. I thought the book was alright but it could¿ve been a lot better. When I read this book I felt like it was too much of a lesson rather than a story. He was telling the reader how to do drills and workouts. I really wasn¿t interested in learning how to become a fundamental basketball player; I was trying to find out about Magic as a person. I would recommend this book to someone who wants to become a fundamentally sound basketball player. I wouldn¿t recommend this book to a basketball fan. It¿s nothing a fan could get out of this book. Only a basketball player that wants to be better and learn certain drills should read this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would undoubtedly recommend this book to anyone who¿s interested in the life of Magic Johnson, or simply just in the philosophies and the art of the game of basketball. This book goes very in depth into both of these topics. It also transitions very well from one topic to the other, and bringing them back together in relation to support one another. For example, if Magic would talk about a time when he had to dribble past a defender, he would branch off and speak of the key aspects and rules of dribbling, then transition back to finish off his story about dribbling by his defender (incorporating all the fundamentals he just discussed). This book briefly but strongly tells the story of Magic¿s youth, and how he found his love for the game. It covers his favorite moments in his career, along with many of his not so favorite moments. It all helps to shape your views on the ¿real¿ Earvin Johnson, to take you in deeper than just on a TV viewer¿s level. At the same time, it is truly breaking down all of the fundamentals to the game of basketball. The book uses pictures, quotes, and examples to help portray his own take on the game, and tries to at least bring you up a few notches in your game (mentally as well as physically). I feel this book does a great job of relaying this information to you in a way that doesn¿t bore or drag on endlessly. You can truly tell he poured his heart and love for the game into it, and this is why I¿d recommend it to anyone who shares his passion for it.