Drive: The Story of My Life

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Bantam, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 290 pages
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"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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It is quite likely that this bloke from absolutely nowheresville Indiana's picture would be next to a dictionary that had an entry that said 'White Men Can't Jump'. If you can do everything else ... Read full review

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Interesting read, particularly things about his dad and family life. Read full review

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Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a former American NBA basketball player and coach. He was drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978. In the summer of 1992, Bird joined Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and other NBA stars to play for the United States basketball team in that year's Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. It was the first time in America's Olympic history that the country sent professional basketball players to compete. The "Dream Team" won the men's basketball gold medal. On August 18, 1992, Bird announced his retirement as an NBA player. Following Bird's departure, the Celtics promptly retired his jersey number 33. In 1989, Bird published his autobiography, Drive: The Story of My Life with Bob Ryan. The book chronicles his life and career up to the 1989 NBA season. In 2010 Bird co-authored the book, When the Game Was Ours with "Magic" Johnson.

Bob Ryan is a retired American sportswriter, widely acclaimed for his coverage of professional basketball for The Boston Globe. He is a member of the College Basketball Writers and New England Basketball halls of fame, and was the recipient of The Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism in 2006 and the Curt Gowdy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996. Ryan was born on February 21, 1946, in Trenton, New Jersey. He attended high school at the Lawrenceville School from 1960 to 1964, and graduated from Boston College in 1968, with a degree in history. He began writing for The Boston Globe shortly thereafter. Ryan's Memoir, Scribe: My Life in Sports was published in 2014. Among his other published works are: The Best of Sport: Classic Writing from the Golden Era of Sports, When Boston Won the World Series, The Road to the Super Bowl, The Four Seasons, and Boston Celtics: The History, Legends, and images of America's most celebrated team. He has also coauthored several books including: Drive: The story of My Life, with Larry Bird, and Cousy on the Celtic Mystique, with Bob Cousy.

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