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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
This is the best book ive ever read. Not best sports book, not best book on athletes, the best book I've ever read. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Tim
Great book. Fantastic way off telling the story of one of the greatest rivalries off all time. Hard to put down.Published 4 days ago by Brandon
I'm a big Celtics/Larry Bird fan, and I greatly enjoyed hearing about the history of the NBA through the lens of their rivalry with the Lakers and Magic Johnson. Just a great read!Published 17 days ago by Phil Lanides
If you watched basketball in the 80's, and had the joy of growing up at the same time, this book will be like a fantastic trip back to your childhood. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Halapeno
Magic vs. Bird was something that existed more as something on ESPN classic for me as their rivalry was peaking about the time I was born, but I always found the dynamic between... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lance
Two of the best of all time. They truly did help save the NBA at that time.
We need them again. Book was written very well.
The stories of Bird and Johnson are well-chronicled. However, never before from their own perspectives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Keith Swingle
I'm still a young guy and this book changes the way I look at basketball forever full of facts and surprises. Good bookPublished 4 months ago by Lorri Cowger
"When the Game Was Ours" is a biography of the relationship between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, two NBA basketball players who were rivals, then friends. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Adducchio