Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in Their Own Words: A Book Review

December 31st, 2009 by C Douglas Baker Leave a reply »

When the Game Was Ours

by Larry Bird and Earvin Magic Johnson, with Jackie


MacMullan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009


When the Game Was Ours tells the real story behind the rivalry between Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird, the two marquee National Basketball Association (NBA) players of the 1980s. 

The rivalry of these two great players revived a moribund NBA. They became the faces of the league, not just through the decade they dominated, but beyond.

As most sports fans know, this rivalry started in college, when Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans met Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores in the NCAA Championship game in 1979. 

Magic’s team won that game, and they went on to be rivals on respective coasts in the NBA—Johnson for the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers and Bird for the blue collar Boston Celtics.

The personality of these two stars couldn’t be more different. Magic is a loquacious, free-spirited, atten ...

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