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When the Game Was Ours [Paperback]

Larry Bird , Earvin Johnson , Jackie MacMullan
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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547394586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547394589
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the Game Was Ours From the moment Larry Bird and Magic Johnson took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most thrilling rivalry in the NBA. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good combination of "voices". 12 Mar 2010
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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.
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I nearly always have a book on the go but tend to read them at a pretty slow rate, wanting to absorb the information rather than rush through the text. This book however was so gripping, so larger than life and so inspiring that it kept me hooked page after page with as much detail as you could ask for about two amazing athletes and their incredible rivalry that's more magical than any fiction could hope to emulate. Like all great sports books, When the Game was Ours is a fascinating historical document of what a sport used to be like and the two players who helped to make it the mega-industry that it is today. Even though I knew all the results I still found myself immersed in the play-off storylines and totally inspired by the unrelenting work ethic and unselfish nature which made these two men and their teams such a brilliant success. Probably one of the top ten sports book I've read and I've read quite a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good as the players 7 Jan 2014
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5 star it's not enough to rate this book.

Amazing friendship story. Lots of amusement reading it. Greatest as the expactation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bird/Magic 7 April 2013
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If you are an NBA fanatic and would like to know the real beginning of this wonderful sports, you must have this book.
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