- 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,683 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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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 ›
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.
The author, Jack McCallum, chronicles a Bird's-eye view of the end of this great run of the Boston Celtics. At times interesting and hilarious, McCallum both tells the stories of these colorful personalities and probes the psyches of the 1991-92 Celtics.
The big three uses up most of the ink, but there are also the stories of rookies Dee Brown and Brian Shaw, and many of the reserves, as well. The Celtics go through the majority of the season looking like contenders for the Championship, but ultimately must rely on the aging Big Three to push them over the top. Unfortunately, their bodies don't cooperate.
And yet, one can see the nuances of the personalities of these NBA superstars and appreciate Bird and McHale's leadership, and very different humor. Bird can be side splitting, such as when he is lying on his stomach on the sidelines to take pressure off his back, and reaches over to untie Chuck Person's shoelaces during an inbounds, or when he slides Johnny Most's cigarettes over to the scorer's table and out of reach as he is checking into the game, leaving the close to dementia Most screaming into the microphone for his smokes.
McHale is equally humorous, but with a more down to Earth, thoughtful brand of hilarity.
Really, almost another epoch of NBA basketball, and a time gone by, but really a fun, interesting read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must for any Celtic fan. Behind-the-scenes viewpoint from an established hoops writer with no ties to Beantown, it provides detailed insight into the grind of an the NBA season.Published 18 days ago by bash
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 14 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 19 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 19 months ago by Some Guy
Somewhat uneventful. I only bought because of lack of books on the great. larry birdPublished on July 4, 2014 by james dwaileebe
A good, solid follow-A-team-through-a-season sports book. Good writing and content.Published on July 2, 2014 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 on June 28, 2014 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 on May 7, 2014 by Steve Chisholm