Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics

Overview

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jack McCallum (DREAM TEAM) gives an inside look at the legendary Boston Celtics during a season of change.

“One of the five best NBA books ever written.”
—Bill Simmons, ESPN

In the 1990-91 basketball season, the Boston Celtics were a ...
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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jack McCallum (DREAM TEAM) gives an inside look at the legendary Boston Celtics during a season of change.

“One of the five best NBA books ever written.”
—Bill Simmons, ESPN

In the 1990-91 basketball season, the Boston Celtics were a team in transition, both on and off the court. Jack McCallum, also the author of the critically-acclaimed SEVEN SECONDS OR LESS, chronicled this crucial year from the back-room planning on draft day to Larry Bird’s unforgettable effort in the postseason.

With aging superstar Bird nearing the end of his career, the season was filled with glorious highs and devastating lows. McCallum gets up close and personal with the players and management from this storied franchise, showing the larger-than-life characters in a rarely-seen light. The day-to-day drama of Bird's aching back plays in concert with the drumbeat of banter from his frontcourt partner, Kevin McHale. The book reveals the deep bonds—and sometimes deeper rivalries—of the locker room, and also provides an inside look at a league that was entering its Golden Age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780831776107
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/15/1993
  • Pages: 257

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In Unfinished Business Jack McCallum chronicles this crucial and exciting year in the history of one of the most successful sports franchises ever. It was to be a year of dramatic transition for this basketball dynasty, both behind the scenes and on the court. McCallum was there for it all--from the back-room draft day planning, where Red Auerbach no longer dominated the decision making, to Dee Brown's traumatic experience with the Boston police and his subsequent love affair with the Boston fans after he won the slam-dunk contest, and the Celtics ill-fated play-off drive, culminating in Bird's heroic and unforgettable playoff effort.

McCallum shows the players as they are rarely seen: the bantering and practical joking in the locker room, with McHale usually in the middle; the awkward relationship that Bird and McHale have forged to try and win another championship; and the story of the modern basketball players, young and old, as they rev up their sometimes injured bodies to take on grueling schedules.

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