"Of all the people I play against, the only one I truly fear is Larry Bird."--Magic Johnson, from the Foreword.
The heart and soul of a champion: his life, his career, his game. To understand basketball, you have to understand Larry Bird. Arguably the greatest all-around player the game has ever known, he led the Boston Celtics from the basement to three world championships, collecting three NBA Most Valuable Player awards along the way. Yet, despite these massive accomplishments, Bird has rarely talked to the press, and much about the man has remained a mystery. Now in Drive, the long-silent superstar sets the record straight, revealed a side of himself-and of basketball-you've never see before. Inside, you'll learn Bird's most private feelings about: The momentous decision to transfer from Bobby Knight's Indiana University to Indiana State. The heartbreak of his father's suicide and his own failed marriage. The single-minded discipline that tumed a small-town hero into a national superstar. The Boston Garden and the legendary Celtic charm. The Isiah Thomas controversy and the fierce Celtic-Laker rivalry. The great players of the NBA: including Magic Johnson, Dominique Wilkins, and Michael Jordan, and much more. here is the book that puts a basketball legend-and his game-on the line. And scores!
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Bird, Boston Celtic forward extraordinaire, and Ryan, Boston Globe sportswriter, here conspire to address Bird's past . The result is perhaps more interesting for what the book lacks. Presented as a memoir about "overcoming obstacles," the discussions of the events that shaped Bird's life, including his parents divorce and father's suicide, his own divorce, an aborted Indiana University basketball career, and eventual superstardom, serve as mere asides to innocuous, though entertaining basketball anecdotes. The narrative is more concerned with Bird's teammates than with the motivations in his life and though the personal aspects are treated forthrightly, depth and introspection are not among the book's strengths. However, even the brief suggestions of the inner Bird make the book worth reading. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Penthouse; Literary Guild and Dou bleday Book Club selections.
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