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Amazon Exclusive: Bill Walton Reviews When the Game Was Ours
Bill Walton played in the NBA for 13 years, and in 1996, was named one of the top 50 players in NBA history. He's been an analyst for CBS Sports and NBC Sports, and since 2002, he's been a game analyst for ESPN NBA telecasts. Read his guest review of When the Game Was Ours:
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are transcendent, iconic and timeless standard bearers of excellence who changed "The Game" forever, always bringing out the best in each other and never failing to put a smile on all our faces.I was one of the lucky ones. I had the incredible good fortune to have witnessed firsthand the Bird/Magic rivalry. It was an intense and constant thing for us all. But even I didn't realize how powerful their connection was until I read When the Game Was Ours, a riveting and page-turning masterpiece that could only be written with the help of someone like Jackie MacMullan, who was there every step of the way and who sensed there was a whole lot more to their story than what happened on the court or got played over and over again on the highlight reels. In this book, Larry and Magic tell stories like they never have before. I was enthralled, page after page. Theirs was a unique relationship. They were polar opposites, but in ways few of us realized they were very much the same. They both wanted the same thing, day in and day out--to win. And did they know how to win. When the Game Was Ours perfectly captures the defining moments of their lives from the very beginning of their fiercest of rivalries through their constantly evolving historical relationship and friendship right up to the present. This epic tome is the capstone of their landmark careers. It is also so much more than anyone could ever dream for. When the Game Was Ours brilliantly explains why "The Game" will always belong to Larry and Magic.--Bill Walton
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Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson
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Photographs from When the Game Was Ours
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|Magic and his high school coach George Fox||Larry and his mother Georgia in Salt Lake City, 1979||Magic and Larry in a pregame meeting of team captains||Larry and Magic for a NBA promotional campaign|
|Larry and Magic in between takes of the 1985 Converse commercial||Larry, Commissioner David Stern and Magic||Larry, Michael Jordan, and Magic in their Dream Team uniforms||Magic congratulates Larry at his retirement ceremony|
"Finallya book that tells the story of Magic and Larry from their vantage point. When the Game Was Ours took me inside their fascinating rivalry with new insights and revealing details about two men who evolved from bitter competitors into lifelong friends."
"Fascinating . . .The former Boston Globe reporter and columnist masterfully weav[es] the recollections of the two protagonists with those of dozens of observers . . .The book is at its most powerful when it hews close to its premise: the evolution of perhaps sports' greatest rivalry . . . The game of basketball has never been better than when it was theirs." -- Washington Post
The relationship between Bird and Johnson defined professional basketball for fans my age. This book does a great job filling in the interesting and often humorous details. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
Other than going off task a couple of times, it was a very good book. Read it if you respect the guys gamePublished 23 days ago by plm
Who better to tell the story of Bird and Magic than themselves? Great anecdotes from their playing days and profound lines all over this book. A truly great readPublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it. I love how Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are so competitive and you dream to be like them while your growing up. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ben Denly
I love Magic and Bird, I think their story is one of the most interesting in sports, and I like Jackie McMullen on Around the Horn and The Sports Reporters, so I was looking... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew T Abbott
I love how the book showed their rivalry throughout the years and their eventual friendship. These ultimate competitors were the stewards of basketball and this book showed their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kendrick A. Jordan
When the Game was Ours is a fantastic book that captures the heart of the Magic-Bird rivalry exceptionally well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Sloane,Tempe,Arizona,United States of America.
My husband loves basketball and enjoyed this book so much! He recommends all avid bb fans to read - it is easy to read, enlightening and inspiring.Published 2 months ago by S. B. Lunsford
I"m reading When this was our game with my 9 year old son as a way to teach him about basketball and to give him some insights into how hard guys like Brid and Magic practice... Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Murphy