Each pushed the other to greatness - together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships, and 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 listeners 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 and a rollicking ride through professional basketball's best times.
©2009 Larry Bird and Earvin Johnson; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Wow, not just a sports book but a testament to friendship built through competition. What a great story about men who led by example. Highly recommended!
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Audible has gotten me hooked on Sports personality biographies-and they have another good solid listen in "When the Game Was Ours".
Lucky enough to be a basketball fan during the pivotal years of Magic and Larry, so many memories are brought back in this great listen.
I only wish another narrator had been chosen-I know Dick Hill is loved by so many people, but I have always found his narrations stiff and difficult to connect with. And, of course, he narrates all the Reacher novels..I really have had enough Dick Hill. However I was able to bare with it as he told the story of Magic and Larry's high school and college years, their families and the games-from their point of view.
Well worth a credit-even if you aren't a sports fan. These two guys are great people as well as sports personalities.
I loved the story of Bird growing up and his discipline and hard work were pillars of his life. I also loved the way Magic did not change who he was for anybody. I liked how two foes became the best of friends.
My favorite character was Larry because of the way he lived his life. His self discipline and his ability to play through pain and injury.
He has an enticing voice.
pay attention to the beginning and to the part about Dr. J
I grew up watching this rivalry. I always knew it was special but after reading this I now realize just how special it was. My only complaint is that the narrator needs to learn how to pronounce some of the names.
I was a little apprehensive when I started this book, but was pleasantly surprised at its content and how easy it read. If you were a basketball fan during the Magic/Bird era, then this is a must read. It provides great insight into their characters, their commitment to the game and their drive to win. Sadly, it shows how modern day game has deteriorated since the departure of the Magic, Bird, Jordon legends.
Always Learning though I'm not sure it changes much of your life to be honest.
I was a bit skeptical as we pay our money and then find the author doesn't even KNOW the subjects, but this was a really excellent read no matter what the case. So many things we'd never know behind the scenes as to what these guys were thinking. I'm a big time Bird fan and not much about Magic that seemed so dedicated to woman, partying and fame it seemed to me. I never doubted his ability, but now I have a greater understanding of him as a person and I do really like him and have so much more respect for his talent, work ethic and how he played the game.Bird could have been a nicer guy to everyone along the way but that's what happens when your dad kills himself I guess. He was tough to get along with for sure.
These two guys are once in a lifetime players that other hot shots in the N.B.A. should be grateful for but I suspect they aren't. None the less.....a really good read that I listened to twice already I find it so good.I honestly wished it had been twice as long.
Larry and Magic
Learning how continually connected these two greats were (and still are).
Someone who had the ability to speak naturally - Hill seemed overly intent on enunciating ev-er-y syll-a-ble, which is painful to listen to. In addition, he sounds so clunky reading the quotes from Larry that I could barely take it seriously. Finally, it seemed like he was unaware what basketball was.
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