When the Game Was Ours - Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson & Jackie MacMullan

When the Game Was Ours

By Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson & Jackie MacMullan

  • Release Date: 2010-10-01
  • Genre: Basketball
When the Game Was Ours book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 131 Ratings)

When the Game Was Ours Larry Bird, Earvin Johnson & Jackie MacMullan Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s — Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, physical vs finesse, Old School vs Showtime, even white vs black. Each pushed the other to greatness — together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships, six MVP awards and helped save the floundering NBA at its most critical time. When it started they were bitter rivals, but along the way they became lifelong friends.  

With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, When the Game Was Ours transports readers to this electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting one another. From the heady days of trading championships to the darker days of injury and illness, we come to understand Larry’s obsessive devotion to winning and how his demons drove him on the court. We hear him talk with candor about playing through chronic pain and its truly exacting toll. In Magic we see a young, invincible star struggle with the sting of defeat, not just as a player but as a team leader.  We are there the moment he learns he’s contracted HIV and hear in his own words how that devastating news impacted his relationships in basketball and beyond. But always, in both cases, we see them prevail.

A compelling, up-close-and-personal portrait of basketball’s most inimitable duo, When the Game Was Ours is a reevaluation of three decades in counterpoint. It is also a rollicking ride through professional basketball’s best times.

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User reviews about this book

  • Love this book!

    By Meatball 2
    I had to buy "Drive" by Larry Bird when I finished this, I was inspired to read more about him. Very exciting and informative, great read!
  • Excellent read

    By Fishman12345
    As a child growing up in the 80's in MA I fondly remember Larry-Magic and Celtics-Lakers. This book was a great trip down memory lane but with the added insight from the 2 men at the center of it all.
  • Great read for anyone!

    By Eagle Husky Wolf Reader
    This book brings to light the backstory of an unparalleled rivalry between two of the greatest basketball players. I read with great anticipation the feelings and preparation each did to make themselves and their teammates better. This brings back fond memories of watching the rivalry unfold with my dad in front of the TV.
  • When The Game Was Ours

    By Tex Turkey
    This was the best book I ever read. Bird An Johnson were remarkable men , an to this day they were the best there ever was . You can't put it down , its that good .
  • Great book

    By Soccerloverjakob
    I'm a high school student who enjoys sports but I don't enjoy reading very much. I had to write a book report so I picked this book. It was actually a really good read, talking about basketball, rivalry, and friendship. I'd definitely recommend it.

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