April 2013 Organizer's Pick Discussion

  • April 17, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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BOOK INFORMATION

Title: When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Jackie MacMullan
Genre: Nonfiction – Sports
Year of Publication: 2009
Approximate Page Count: 352 pages
Summary: One of the most thrilling rivalries in sports history occurred in professional basketball. In the 1980s, NBA stars Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics and Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers reignited the excitement of basketball, with their equally superb skills on the court and numerous fans constantly craving to see one defeat the other. With the help of ESPN sports columnist Jackie MacMullan, who is the main writer of this book, Larry and Magic share memories of their careers, including their college basketball days, the several NBA Finals they made it to in the same decade, and Magic’s revelation of contracting HIV. Through it all, these two basketball legends share deep mutual respect and a relationship that gradually evolves from bitter rivalry to close friendship.
Suggested by: Anthony L.


DISCUSSION VOLUNTEER: Because this book is an Organizer's Pick, Anthony will present facts about the authors and the book and lead the discussion with questions.


LAST UPDATE: March 14, 2013

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  • Anthony

    Even with a small group, the discussion was great, and everyone liked the book. :-)

    April 18, 2013

  • Anthony

    Thanks for the kind words, Spencer. :-)

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good discussion last night! I didn't mind that there were less people, as it was much easier for everyone to participate. Thanks to Anthony for hosting and preparing the videos! And Randi, it's great that you have such passion for the Celtics and sports! Celtic fans should forever thank the Warriors for handwrapping them Parish and McHale. ^^

    April 18, 2013

  • Charlie K.

    Getting new shoulder installed April 9!

    March 15, 2013

    • Rita T.

      Best wishes, Charlie. We'll look forward to seeing you back at the meetings!

      April 6, 2013

  • Anthony

    As the person who will lead the discussion for this book meeting, I thought of an interesting visual aid to enhance the meeting. At certain points in the discussion, I plan to use my smartphone to play YouTube video clips pertaining to certain events described in the book. Now, because it's a smartphone, these videos will be played on a small screen, not on something bigger like an iPad or other tablet. With that said, if anyone is planning to attend the meeting and wouldn't mind lending an iPad or other tablet for me to use during the meeting, that would be great. If not, that's OK. We'll just manage with the little screen on my phone, which measures about 2.5" by 3.75". :-)

    March 28, 2013

  • Marianne

    Oops, I forgot I'll be in Las Vegas!

    March 16, 2013

  • Christine V. T.

    Good thoughts going your way, Charlie. Best regards, Christine :)

    March 15, 2013

  • Anthony

    Good luck with your operation, Charlie. :-)

    March 15, 2013

  • Anthony

    (continued from post directly below)

    Again, I'm not saying this to say that it's a terrible book and that no one should read it. (Even if you don't like it, join the meeting anyway to sound off your opinions, because that's what the club is about.) I'm just pointing out these things so that they become less of a surprise if you decide to jump into the book. :-)

    March 14, 2013

  • Anthony

    (continued from post directly below)

    3. In fact, the book frequently changes perspective and time. It goes back and forth between the two main characters (Bird and Magic) and sometimes provides quick side stories that go further into the past or briefly into the future.

    4. Perhaps the most important thing I shall mention regards the quotes in the book. Within the same narrative, there are two types of quotes: (1) dialogue spoken in the past during the event currently discussed, and (2) comments from the present day as the speaker is looking back on the event. The only way to distinguish them is context. Pay extra attention to the words you read, and you'll see whether the quote was uttered back then or made today upon looking back.

    March 14, 2013

  • Anthony

    Right now, I'm halfway through reading this book. For those of you who are thinking of reading it, I'd like to mention a couple of things about the book's writing style in advance, not to discourage you from reading it but to help make it less confusing if you're the kind of reader who demands a very straightforward book:

    1. I imagine that most sports books are geared towards sports fans who already have in-depth knowledge of their favorite athletes, and this one is probably no exception. However, you do not need to know anything about Larry Bird and Magic Johnson to move through this book. I don't, and I'm still reading it. (In fact, I actually like the book.)

    2. Given #1 above, this book is written in a retrospective manner and, at times, references future events that will happen after the current point in the book.

    March 14, 2013

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