á When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird and Earvin Magic Johnson, with Jackie á MacMullan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009 á When the Game Was Ours tells the real story behind the rivalry between Earvin ôMagicö Johnson and Larry Bird, the two marquee National Basketball Association (NBA) players of the 1980s.á 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 JohnsonÆs Michigan State Spartans met Larry BirdÆs Indiana State Sycamores in the NCAA Championship game in 1979.á MagicÆs team won that game, and they went on to be rivals on respective coasts in the NBAùJohnson for the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers and B ...
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