When the Game Was Ours

By Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jackie MacMullen

From the instant those gamers took the courtroom on opposing facets, they engaged in a fierce actual and mental conflict. Their uncommonly aggressive dating got here to represent the main compelling competition within the NBA. those have been the basketball epics of the Nineteen Eighties — Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, actual vs finesse, old-fashioned vs Showtime, even white vs black. each one driven the opposite to greatness — jointly fowl and Johnson accrued 8 NBA Championships, six MVP awards and helped keep the floundering NBA at its most important time. while it begun they have been sour competitors, yet alongside the way in which they turned lifelong buddies.

With intimate, fly-on-the-wall element, while the sport was once Ours transports readers to this electrical period of basketball and divulges for the 1st time the internal workings of 2 gamers lifeless set on besting each other. From the heady days of buying and selling championships to the darker days of damage and affliction, we come to appreciate Larry’s obsessive devotion to successful and the way his demons drove him at the courtroom. We pay attention him speak with candor approximately taking part in via persistent ache and its actually exacting toll. In Magic we see a tender, invincible megastar fight with the edge of defeat, not only as a participant yet as a workforce chief. we're there the instant he learns he’s reduced in size HIV and listen to in his personal phrases how that devastating information impacted his relationships in basketball and past. yet continuously, in either instances, we see them prevail.

A compelling, up-close-and-personal portrait of basketball’s so much inimitable duo, while the sport was once Ours is a reevaluation of 3 a long time in counterpoint. it's also a rollicking trip via expert basketball’s most sensible occasions.

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