Before I began to write this review for the AmazonUSA site, I looked at a couple of three star reviews. One of the reviewers didn't care for the book because it seemed to him/her that Jackie MacMullan was the true writer, rather than Magic and Bird. The "melding" of the voices that the other reviewer DIDN'T like was exactly what I DID like about it! So often with books by two authors, they alternate chapters. I find that a little choppy in the story line. With this book, it seems as if MacMullan did detailed interviews with both former players and then melded the story into a single, cohesive story line.
I ASSUME that everything Bird and Magic told MacMullan was true; I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the men. The players seem to be open about their lives and rivalries, both on and off the court. I enjoyed reading how Magic and Bird became close friends off the court. MacMullan also doesn't sensationalise Magic's HIV diagnosis. It is a very good read, something rare in a book about sports figures.