In Golden Days, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum uses two teams—today’s Golden State Warriors and the L.A. Lakers of the early 1970s—to trace the dynamic history of the National Basketball Association, which for much of the last half-century has marched memorably through the state of California. Tying together the two strands of McCallum’s story is Hall of Famer Jerry West, the ferociously competitive Laker guard who later became one of the key architects of the Warriors. With “the Logo” as his guide, McCallum takes us deep into the locker rooms and front offices of these two era-defining teams, leveraging the access and authority he has amassed over his forty-year career to create a picture of the cultural juggernaut that the NBA has become.
Featuring up-close-and-personal portraits of some of the biggest names in basketball history, from Wilt Chamberlain to Steve Kerr to the transcendent duo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Golden Days is a history, not just of a changing sport, but a changing America.
Featuring vintage photos and contemporary shots of NBA greats including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley, and more.
“Full of juicy anecdotes and wagging fun . . . McCallum holds legitimate claim for being the greatest NBA writer of all time.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Only one writer I know could pull all this together: two iconic champions, two roundball revolutions, and the deadeye legend whose silhouette binds them both. If basketball writing had a logo, it would be the image of Jack McCallum.”—Lee Jenkins, senior writer, Sports Illustrated
“I had the pleasure of playing with, coaching with, and coaching for Jerry West, one of the great influences in the history of the NBA. Golden Days gets at the essence of the man as a player and an executive, while also exploring today’s game through the Golden State Warriors.”—Pat Riley, president, Miami Heat
“An original, fascinating, and breezy read . . . With his classic eye for detail and deadpan wit, Jack McCallum connects two of the greatest teams in sports history and manages to unearth new details about some of the giants of the game.”—Zach Lowe, senior writer, ESPN
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Table of Contents
Prologue West Agonistes xiii
Chapter 1 Uncertain Start to the Revolution 3
Chapter 2 The Terrific Tandem of West and Baylor 8
Chapter 3 Shopping in the Hamptons 27
Chapter 4 1969: A Summer of Discontent 34
Chapter 5 Curry's Unhappy Draft Day 52
Chapter 6 Fame and Glory but No Ring 59
Chapter 7 When Peter Met Joe 69
Chapter 8 Elegant Elgin Exits 81
Chapter 9 The Logo Signs On 90
Chapter 10 And a Celtic (?) Shall Lead Them 103
Chapter 11 Steph Stays, Fans Fret 119
Chapter 12 The Immortal Streak 128
Chapter 13 Kerr: Light Touch, Heavy Influence 158
Chapter 14 A Loss at Last; Wilt Throws a Bash for the Ages 175
Chapter 15 Gaining a Record but Losing a Title 192
Chapter 16 Championship Brings West Only Muted Joy 202
Chapter 17 A Season Not on the Brink Exactly, But … 210
Chapter 18 Cooke Stirs the Wrong Pot 235
Chapter 19 West and the Art of Talent Evaluation 244
Chapter 20 A Championship and a Sad Goodbye 263
Photograph Credits 295