When the Game Was Ours

When the Game Was Ours

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When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jackie MacMullan, Dick Hill

From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s — Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, physical vs finesse, Old School vs Showtime, even white vs black. Each pushed the other to greatness — together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships, six MVP awards and helped save the floundering NBA at its most critical time. When it started they were bitter rivals, but along the way they became lifelong friends.  

With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, When the Game Was Ours transports readers to this electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting one another. From the heady days of trading championships to the darker days of injury and illness, we come to understand Larry’s obsessive devotion to winning and how his demons drove him on the court. We hear him talk with candor about playing through chronic pain and its truly exacting toll. In Magic we see a young, invincible star struggle with the sting of defeat, not just as a player but as a team leader.  We are there the moment he learns he’s contracted HIV and hear in his own words how that devastating news impacted his relationships in basketball and beyond. But always, in both cases, we see them prevail.

A compelling, up-close-and-personal portrait of basketball’s most inimitable duo, When the Game Was Ours is a reevaluation of three decades in counterpoint. It is also a rollicking ride through professional basketball’s best times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441836441
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 11/20/2009
Edition description: Library Edition
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Larry Bird, in his 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, claimed 3 NBA titles, 3 MVP awards, and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1992, as part of the “Dream Team” he brought home an Olympic gold medal. He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers, which he currently still holds.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., in his 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, claimed 5 NBA titles, 3 MVP awards and was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2002. He also won an Olympic gold medal as part of the 1992 “Dream Team.” Currently, he is the Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises and Vice President and part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackie MacMullan is a nationally recognized sports columnist, who spent three decades at the Boston Globe and covered the NBA for Sports Illustrated in the late 1990s. She is a frequent correspondent for ESPN, CNNSI and local Boston television networks. She is also a regular contestant (and the only female one) on ESPN's Around the Horn.

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Connecticut More than 1 year ago
Magic and Bird, Bird and Magic...These names dominated basketball in the late 1970's and early 1980's, with good reason. The basketball landscape was very different back then, both in college and in the pros. This book starts with their early relationship and wonderfully retells the story of the clash between Larry Bird's Indiana State team and Earvin "Magic" Johnson's Michigan State team in the 1978 NCAA title game. This game is the functional equivalent of the famous Colts-Giants 1958 NFL title game (known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played") in that it gave birth to a new era of television and fan poularity for its sport. The Indiana State-Michigan State game essentially gave birth to what we affectionately call "March Madness," especially in terms of scale. The book also explores the evolution of the intense rivalry between Magic and Bird as their respective professional careers unfolded. It touches on famous events and some little known ones as well. Ultimately, this book, which on one level is a joyride for sports fans from the era, chroncles the changes in their personal relationship with each other as these two very different players, with very different backgrounds, go from heated rivals, to HATED rivals, to deep and sincere friends. It shouldn't be missed.
NikkiCA More than 1 year ago
MacMullan does a phenomenal job transporting the reader back to the good ole days when basketball was all about the love of the game. Hands down the best sports book I've ever read! Go Lakers!!
lainey_d More than 1 year ago
I grew up a laker fan & have always detested the celtics. I found myself reliving those days of glory, finding myself saying,"I hate you Larry bird, mchale, parish, insert Celtic player name here." there's a docu on magic & bird on hbo right now. This book is a good compliment to the docu, in fact I think one of the authors is interviewed throughout the film. The best part was learning that through all that competiton & strife there was a deep respect between the players. The book highlights how they pushed each other to be great and the fans will never see a rivalry like that again. It was a different game and a different time and to hear it from the men who lived it makes for a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting reading about the events and behind the scenes stories of two great athletes. Brought back memories of the excitement of some of the games and tournaments. Good to read about the human side of people that we only normally see in the spotlight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible. It completely captures the spirit of the rivalry and it dives into the respective brains of each competitor. They were tireless workers, each striving to become the best. This book takes you into their struggle for winning and it captures the true meaning of greatness. They were such selfless players, yet they burned to demolish the competition. From the 1979 NCAA title, to the 1984 "Tragic Magic" series, to the 1987 ultimate triumph for Magic, this book dissects all of their battles and gives insight to their respective thoughts. It portrays Magic as the showtime, glitz and glamour point guard, who always saw the whole floor and consistently made the right play. It portrays Bird as the lethal shooter, the dead eye killer who would take advantage of every mistake. It portrays both as leaders who pushed their teams to the top, and dominated the record books as well as captivated the national audience. As the two biggest sports stars, they brought the league to unprecedented heights, as professional basketball was at its peak. I was surprised about the negative spin this book puts on a fellow superstar, Isiah Thomas. It was surprising since considering how close he was with Magic, Magic held strong grudges against him and didn't love his attitude. It was interesting to see Larry's side of the story on some of his teammates. Overall this book provides the true legacy of Magic and Bird: winners
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This title deserves better treatment in ebook format than photos clipped in half and stat charts you can't read. Otherwise, it's an engaging read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was when basketball was in its glory years. It was so well written i was sad when i was done. This is a awesome book
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This book was fantastic. The development of magic and bird's developments as a person, athlete, and their feelings towards each other was written to perfection. A must-have for any fan of basketball.
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Really enjoyed this look at Bird and Johnson.
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Best book to learn about two of the greats that played basketball. Also great to learn about the history of the NBA
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