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When the Game Was Ours | [Larry Bird, Earvin

When the Game Was Ours

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 and six MVP awards.
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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, 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.

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    Marvin CLARKSVILLE, IN, USA 01-29-10
    Marvin CLARKSVILLE, IN, USA 01-29-10
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    "BIRD AND MAGIC"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-22-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Magic and Larry-a great sports book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Pompano Beach, FL, United States 11-21-12
    Jose Pompano Beach, FL, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great & Fun Read"
    What did you love best about When the Game Was Ours?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He has an enticing voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    pay attention to the beginning and to the part about Dr. J

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Waco, Texas, United States 05-23-12
    James Waco, Texas, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Very intriguing"

    As a child of the '80s and '90s I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the "story behind the story" of these two legends and the teams they played for.

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    Keith Dardenne Prairie, MO, USA 01-22-10
    Keith Dardenne Prairie, MO, USA 01-22-10
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    "A must for anyone that loves basketball"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Spring City, TN, United States 08-24-10
    James Spring City, TN, United States 08-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Outstanding Book!!!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell L. Hatton Columbus, IN United States 06-11-14
    Darrell L. Hatton Columbus, IN United States 06-11-14

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    "Great story..."
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    I enjoyed this very much... I am not big on writing reviews... so just short and simple!

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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-22-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-22-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Original Frienemies"

    This was a great read that truly gave insight into the minds of two competitors who pushed each other to greatness and as a result pulled the league up with them to a whole new level. I had no idea how much pain Bird dealt with every day of his career but he fought through that challenge. Jordan truly was more dynamic but the lack of a Foil for Jordan to shine against truly did change his impact.

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    Blake BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 12-14-12
    Blake BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "When the NBA was fun to watch!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I was in high school when Bird and Magic where in their prime. This book took me back to when the NBA was great intertainment! My only issue with the book is the narrator. His voice makes me tired. He just seems bored by the material. It didn't ruin the book for me but it didn't enhance it either. I am sure many people will not mind the narrator but I wish that they would have used someone else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Baldwinville, MA, United States 10-30-10
    Ed Baldwinville, MA, United States 10-30-10
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    "Great insight"

    I'm a big sports fan, especially the Boston teams and I grew up watching this great rivalry. Still, sports books have never been my main read (usually King, Koontz, Grisham) and I only bought this because it was on special. Very glad I did. Jackie M. has always been a great writer and the fact that Bird and Magic were involved in writing the book, seemed to make a big difference. My favorite thing was hearing a lot of the little facts about different players and situations that you would never know. Solidly narrated this book brought back a lot of great memories of my childhood watching these 2 amazing players.

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