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Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics (English Edition)

Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jack McCallum

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jack McCallum (DREAM TEAM) gives an inside look at the legendary Boston Celtics during a season of change.

“One of the five best NBA books ever written.”
—Bill Simmons, ESPN

In the 1990-91 basketball season, the Boston Celtics were a team in transition, both on and off the court. Jack McCallum, also the author of the critically-acclaimed SEVEN SECONDS OR LESS, chronicled this crucial year from the back-room planning on draft day to Larry Bird’s unforgettable effort in the postseason.

With aging superstar Bird nearing the end of his career, the season was filled with glorious highs and devastating lows. McCallum gets up close and personal with the players and management from this storied franchise, showing the larger-than-life characters in a rarely-seen light. The day-to-day drama of Bird's aching back plays in concert with the drumbeat of banter from his frontcourt partner, Kevin McHale. The book reveals the deep bonds—and sometimes deeper rivalries—of the locker room, and also provides an inside look at a league that was entering its Golden Age.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2467 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 274 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Diversion Books (27. September 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00FJ4L21I
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just about the best behind the scenes look at an NBA team I've read.. 16. April 2006
Von Joseph C. Sweeney - Veröffentlicht auf
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Right up there with Halberstam's "The Breaks of the Game". A terrific read by a writer whom I wish would have produced more work in the following years. McCallum does a terrific job for SI today, but it's books like this that leave me wanting more from him.

For any Celtics fan of the Bird Era, this book opens doors that would have otherwise have stayed closed: we get to see the biting yet inclusive humor of the aging C's, especially McHale, as well as the overall intelligence of the team that produced a slew of future NBA coaches and GM's. This was a team to be admired and maybe even loved, despite their lack of a championship.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One Last Run at a Title 1. Oktober 2011
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After the Boston Celtics suffered a surprising first-round playoff exit at the hands of the New York Knicks in 1990, the team came to the realization that it was time to make significant changes if the team hoped credibly to compete for one more title before the retirements of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. In "Unfinished Business," Jack McCallum tracked the Celtics' attempt to rebound in 1990-91, from the draft and the hiring of Dave Gavitt in the summer through the playoffs the next spring.

McCallum recalls how new coach Chris Ford retooled the team, injecting an element of speed and a running game with younger players like Dee Brown, Brian Shaw, Reggie Lewis, and Kevin Gamble. The author shows how the team jelled on the court and relates some of the off-the-court stories of that season, and notes that the team had a fresher, hipper image as a result of adding the younger players, culminating in Brown's memorable win in the Slam Dunk Contest that year.

For the Celtics, the season was one of change off the court as well as on--McCallum discusses the retirement of radio announcer Johnny Most and the advent of halftime promotions at Boston Garden.

The author marches through the regular season month by month, noting that the changes made to the team worked spectacularly early on--the Celtics jumped out to a 29-5 start and were seen as possible championship contenders. At the time, I was living in North Texas and got to see Bird, McHale, and Parish play in person when the Celtics came to Dallas in December 1990. Despite the team's great start, though, injuries set in late in the season and the team finished with a 56-26 record.

McCallum does a good job covering the team's two playoff series--the intense, entertaining, and memorable first-round win over the Pacers, and the competitive second-round series in which the Celtics fell to the Pistons. The deciding Game 5 against the Pacers, a 124-121 nail-biter in which Bird returned from a second-quarter injury to play spectacularly, might have been the most compelling game in Bird's last three seasons.

For the Celtics, the 1990-91 season might have been more interesting than any other from 1988-89 through 2006-07, and "Unfinished Business" is a solid look back at that campaign.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen GREAT BACKGROUND 28. Februar 2011
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McCallum provides a full range of background into the minutia of modern day sports and the NBA circa 1991. By chronicling a storied NBA franchise, with 3 of the all-time players still revelant, you can see exactly how athletes live in their own special world and how personalities can alter events.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It was an excellent read back then and it's still that way today. 26. Januar 2009
Von Roland Lazenby - Veröffentlicht auf
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I read this back in the day. Basketball books have been a whole lot of miss and very little hit over the years. This wasn't a hugely successful commercial project because the Celtics weren't winning big by the time Jack wrote this. That's the only reason it wasn't a hit. Otherwise, it's a fun read. Every bit as perceptive about the early 90s as 007 is about fun and gun in the Suns. And the characters are larger. Those old Celtics will light up the horizon in basketball lit for years to come. Bird, McHale, Chief, and the rest fighting against the dying of the light. Sweet words about a sweet team and a sweet game.

Roland Lazenby
author of The Show
3.0 von 5 Sternen I only bought because of lack of books on the great. larry 4. Juli 2014
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Somewhat uneventful. I only bought because of lack of books on the great. larry bird
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