"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.
am 21. Januar 2010
Dieses Buch ist die Geschichte hinter der Geschichte. Magic Johnson und Larry Bird reflektieren über ihre Karrieren. Jeweils aus der Sicht von Magic und Larry. Die Kapitel sind immer aus der Sicht der beiden geschrieben und befassen sich mit den großen Erlebnissen der beiden, College Championship, NBA, Dream Team, Rücktritt.
Für jemanden, der die NBA in der 80ern verfolgt hat ist diese Buch Pflichtlektüre, für alle anderen Basketballfans empfehlenswert.
Man bekommt so eine andere Sicht, auf die Dinge, die man verfolgt hat oder aus Erzählungen kennt.