- Hardcover: 257 pages
- Publisher: Summit Books (January 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671733745
- ISBN-13: 978-0671733742
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court With the 1990-91 Boston Celtics Hardcover – January, 1992
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Top Customer Reviews
For any Celtics fan of the Bird Era, this book opens doors that would have otherwise have stayed closed: we get to see the biting yet inclusive humor of the aging C's, especially McHale, as well as the overall intelligence of the team that produced a slew of future NBA coaches and GM's. This was a team to be admired and maybe even loved, despite their lack of a championship.
McCallum recalls how new coach Chris Ford retooled the team, injecting an element of speed and a running game with younger players like Dee Brown, Brian Shaw, Reggie Lewis, and Kevin Gamble. The author shows how the team jelled on the court and relates some of the off-the-court stories of that season, and notes that the team had a fresher, hipper image as a result of adding the younger players, culminating in Brown's memorable win in the Slam Dunk Contest that year.
For the Celtics, the season was one of change off the court as well as on--McCallum discusses the retirement of radio announcer Johnny Most and the advent of halftime promotions at Boston Garden.
The author marches through the regular season month by month, noting that the changes made to the team worked spectacularly early on--the Celtics jumped out to a 29-5 start and were seen as possible championship contenders. At the time, I was living in North Texas and got to see Bird, McHale, and Parish play in person when the Celtics came to Dallas in December 1990. Despite the team's great start, though, injuries set in late in the season and the team finished with a 56-26 record.Read more ›
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4 1/2 of 5 stars (excellent)
The 1990-91 season was a time of transition in the National Basketball Association. Michael Jordan was becoming the face of the league. The reigning dynasty would shift from the Detroit Pistons to Jordan’s team, the Chicago Bulls. One of the teams that was the powerhouse, the Boston Celtics, was going through a time of transition itself much like the league. How the franchise dealt with that season is portrayed in this excellent book by Jack McCallum.
McCallum has shown to be one of the best authors of books on the NBA and this one is no exception. His style of portraying the season through equal parts of game recaps, anecdotes about the players and coaches, and even some commentary on social issues of the day will grab the reader’s attention and won’t let go.
The writing and story mirrored the Celtics is many ways. While the “Big Three” of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish were getting older, a new crop of talented players were trying to make their own mark on the storied franchise. While the attention of fans and the press was naturally paid to Bird and his back issues, McCallum adds many interesting stories on these younger players such as Dee Brown (that year’s slam dunk contest winner, something that certainly did not fit the usual Celtic image) and Brian Shaw.
The franchise was also facing other transitions, such as a new coach for that season in Chris Ford, the retirement of legendary radio play-by-play man Johnny Most and the realization that the Boston Garden had outlived its usefulness and would soon have to be replaced. Add that to the play of the team on the court and you truly have a franchise in transition.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good insights into one of the less memorable Celtics' seasons. Since this was 25 seasons ago, I had forgot how good the team was in the first half. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Levine
Great commentary on an aging team transitioning to a young core of players. It showed the struggle of a team with current times in a league as dynamic as the NBA. Read morePublished 8 months ago by alwin san jose
Very thoroughly view of a not so much covered year and the last years of the great great Larry legend.Published 13 months ago by Chris
One of the few definitive accounts of the great "Big Three"-era Celtics teams of the '80s and early '90s. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Some Guy
Somewhat uneventful. I only bought because of lack of books on the great. larry birdPublished 19 months ago by james dwaileebe
A good, solid follow-A-team-through-a-season sports book. Good writing and content.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've previously read 07 Seconds or Less and like that book, author Jack Mc Callum hits this one right out of the park. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael R Naval
McCallum takes the reader straight to the locker room and to the bench of the 90/91 Celtics.
And what a team this is. A team with legacy, yet trying to find its personality. Read more
I loved McCallum's dream team book. One of my favorite sports books of all time. This one was ok. I thought the Johnny Most part of the book was especially harsh. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steve Chisholm