The Big Three

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The Big Three. It means different things in different cities. In Detroit, for instance, it means General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. But in Boston, in the 1980s, the Big Three meant only one thing: the greatest frontcourt in the history of basketball. Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale. No three players in basketball history played together as long or captured as much glory. Together, they led the Celtics to three NBA championships and five straight trips to the NBA finals. On the court, the Big Three ...
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Overview

The Big Three. It means different things in different cities. In Detroit, for instance, it means General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. But in Boston, in the 1980s, the Big Three meant only one thing: the greatest frontcourt in the history of basketball. Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale. No three players in basketball history played together as long or captured as much glory. Together, they led the Celtics to three NBA championships and five straight trips to the NBA finals. On the court, the Big Three combined their skills to create a nearly unbeatable style of play. But even as they worked side by side, each remained distinct from the others. Bird was obsessed with the game; his focus and drive earned him three MVP awards and the respect of everyone in the league. McHale was much more easygoing; he practiced tirelessly to perfect his legendary post-up moves, but when the season ended he left the game behind as few of his teammates could. And Robert Parish, nicknamed "the Chief" after the silent Indian in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, anchored the trio with a combination of selflessness and strength seldom seen among today's superstars. The Big Three is the thrilling story of these three legendary stars and a celebration of the careers they've shared. Peter May chronicles the lives of the Big Three: how they grew up, and the small-town, working-class values that helped shape their lives and careers. He traces their development through high school, their distinctive college careers, and their individual paths to the NBA. May recalls how Red Auerbach and the Celtics gambled the franchise's future by drafting Bird before his senior year, hoping that they could sign him before he reentered the draft. He also recounts the maneuverings by Auerbach that led to The Trade, which brought Parish and McHale to Boston and resulted in the Big Three's first NBA title. Peter May traces Bird, Parish, and McHale's years together, describing their biggest games and th
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Only the most fanatic supporters of the Boston Celtics will want to read this account of the careers of the three men who comprised arguably the most proficient frontcourt in pro basketball history: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Boston Globe sports scribe May writes in detail of the team's best and worst games, and of the determination of Bird and McHale to hang on even when serious injuries eroded their skills. He also relates how the great team of the 1980s was assembled, largely in 1979 and 1980, and therein lies the major problem: he devotes the better part of the first 100 pages to describing the trades, draft choices and other machinations that enabled the Celtics to acquire the three stars--material of only small interest to the majority of hoops fans. Still, the book should do well in the Bay State. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416552079
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,374,102
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    4.0 out of 5 stars An eye Opening story based on the greatest fr

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    An eye Opening story based on the greatest front court in Basketball
    By: Kevin
    The Big Three
    This book was the true story of the phenomenal careers of Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. Although the book doesn't get into any exciting events it shows why they’re known as the greatest front court in NBA history. 
    As a Basketball enthusiast I saw this and immediately felt like I had to read this book, anyone who has the same thoughts about this sport I would recommend doing the same. I personally like getting right into a book when I read it, and this one didn’t really do that for me, but the information it gave me when I continued to read it was fantastic! The best part of this book in my opinion was that it didn’t favor Larry Bird as I have noticed other books like this do. Peter May seemed to give everyone a fair amount of attention which was due for McHale and Parish. In fact many people say that if the Celtics didn’t get Kevin McHale he could have won numerous MVP awards!
    In this book I learned many new things about Bird, McHale and Parish that I never would have guessed. For example Parish was known as being very quiet and seldom player who was nicknamed “The Chief” or that Kevin McHale was known as being an easy going type of guy until it came to playing. One thing I found very interesting about this book was that Larry Bird was clearly one of the best players in the league at the time, but it didn’t stop him from tirelessly perfecting his free throw percentage or jump shot. This book describes these three players as the perfect trio of teammates and not to mention they were entire best or second best player in the whole NBA at their position!  This book talks about the drives these three core players made toward 3 NBA titles, the good and bad games they went through, and the ultimate prize at the end. 
    This team was so good people were convinced that they could win a championship before the season started. “When the Celtics gathered in the Fall of 1981, there was every reason to believe that another championship was well within reach.” At the end of all their careers they had their jerseys retired, numbers 33, 32, and 0 now hang in the rafters of the TD bank garden along with the three championships they earned. Although the book doesn’t have an exciting climax I believe any sports fan can enjoy this great story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    The Boston Celtic Legends

    The city of Boston is known as a sports nation, and in the 1980's that still held true as the city belonged to the Big Three. Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, quite possible the greatest front court to ever play the game of basketball, are captured as their live stories are told. Peter May, author and a long time Boston Celtic Reporter, examines how the Big Three grew up, the towns they grew up in and the people they met that helped shaped their lives and careers. He traces their careers in high school, college, and individual paths to the NBA. Bird an Indiana native, three time MVP award winner and one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Parish a Louisiana native, silent and indestructible became one of the greatest centers in NBA history. McHale a Minnesota native, strong, laid-back, undervalued and always in Bird's shadow completed the Big Three. Peter May goes in detail of the team's best and worst games. He takes you through their NBA championship seasons to show you exactly why they are the greatest frontcourt in the history of the NBA. May devotes most of the first 100 pages describing all the trades and draft choices it took for the Boston Celtics to acquire the three stars, reading material that is only an interest to Celtic fans and lovers of basketball. I personally did not like this part of the book. Peter May is able to give us such a great account of what really went done during the years of the big three because he was a Celtic reporter and was able to talk to the players after the games. This really took my interest in the book. Currently in Boston, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce led the Celtic team. This could quite possible turn into the "Second Big Three." These three players won a NBA championship together two seasons ago and are hungry for more as they chase history to become the best threesome in the game of basketball. If you are a diehard Celtic fan or just a NBA basketball lover, you should seriously consider reading this book. It's motivational and inspirational. It takes you "behind the scenes" to let you know how the Big Three got to be so good. If you like this book, you should consider reading then the book "Top of the World." This is a book about the current threesome on Boston Celtics team right now. This will allow you to become more familiar with the player and why he got to be where he was when he got to the NBA. I would rate this book a 7 out of 10. As a long time basketball player, I have to admit some parts just weren't that appealing to me. Still, The Big Three is a good book to read when you have the time.

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