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A No-Look Pass at the Pre-Jordan NBA,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: When the Game Was Ours (Gebundene Ausgabe)
"Yet He finds occasions against me,
He counts me as His enemy;" -- Job 33:10 (NKJV)
When I first started going to NBA games, you could buy a last-minute ticket for a seat at half court for less than a movie admission cost, and most of the seats in the stadium were empty.
All that changed about the time that Larry Bird and Magic Johnson entered the NBA after an auspicious beginning to their rivalry in the NCAA Championship game between Indiana State and Michigan in 1978.
When the Game Was Ours recaptures the feel of the league then, the histories of the league's two rising superstars, and the evolution of stern competition into grudging respect and friendship.
If you lived through that time and watched or attended many of the key games, this book is pure nostalgia. Unfortunately, it doesn't go very much past what was reported at the time.
If you are younger or only know today's NBA, you will probably wonder what all the fuss was about. You'll need to look at some games that featured Larry and Magic to understand. In fact, a book is a poor way to introduce what these two men meant to the game for those who don't already know. A video would have told the story better and been a better tribute. At a minimum, it would have been good to include some key game highlights along with the book.
The writing is crisp. The details are accurate. The photographs are wonderful. The slant is a well-chosen one.
However, I was left unsatisfied. I would have liked to have gone deeper into the nature of the game then and the kinds of keen insights that allowed these two great students of the game to amaze one and all.
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