Bird Watching: On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love

Bird Watching: On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love

Bird Watching: On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love

Larry Bird captured the imagination and admiration of basketball fans throughout his thirteen-year career with the Boston Celtics with his trademark style of creative, intelligent, exciting, and hard-nosed play. And then, last year in his rookie season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers, he infused the team with these same qualities — and the results were remarkable. He turned around a slumping franchise and led the Pacers to the conference finals. To finish off a great season, Bird was named

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  1. Rachel M. Stenberg says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A must-read for Bird fans and sports fans!, January 13, 2000
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    Rachel M. Stenberg (New Jersey, USA) –
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    I have read what I thought all there was to know about the greatest baskeball player of all-time. But through this book, I have learned more about the legendary Bird. The book takes you through the later years of Bird’s injured-plagued career and through his first years coaching the Pacers. He walks us through his struggles and joys of coaching a team he plans will make the NBA Finals. The book shows me what I truly love about Larry Bird. A book not to be missed.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Must buy for Bird fans; a quick but very interesting read, September 17, 1999
    By A Customer
    This book is virtually required reading for any fan of the Celtics, Pacers, or Larry Bird. If you ever wondered what Bird’s thoughts were regarding his late-career injuries, his role with the Dream Team, his days in the Celtic front office, or his becoming a first-time NBA head coach, you’re in luck. Larry Legend lays it all out in straightforward, no-bull fashion. While the book could hardly be labeled a “tell-all expose,” it does contain a number of surprising revelations: his previously unknown heart condition, the machinations in the Celtic organization which wound up with the hiring of Rick Pitino, what Bird thought of certain former teammates and opponents, and so on. The book is a relatively quick read, even at approx. 320 pages, but I found it highly entertaining. I confess to being a big Bird fan before I ever read this book, but even if you’re not, I suspect you’ll come away duly impressed by the man’s humility, honesty, and intelligence. As for the book’s co-writer, Jackie MacMullan, it’s impossible to know how much of the wording, tone, and style is hers vs. Larry’s, but my impression is that she was true to her subject. In addition, I suspect her considerable writing skills were instrumental in creating such a smooth, concise work. Who’d have guessed that Larry Bird, painfully shy and inarticulate as a young man, would ever produce a candid and interesting book like this? The Hick from French Lick surprises us all again!

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