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Larry Legend

Mark Shaw

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ISBN 10: 1460947924 / ISBN 13: 9781460947920
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Larry Legend

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Larry Legend features the fascinating Horatio Alger-like story of Larry Bird - baseball superstar and 19998 NBA Coach of the Year - the man whom "Magic" Johnson called "the only player I feared and the smartest player I ever played against."


Even without his masterful debut as coach of the 1997-1998 Indiana Pacers, Larry Bird's brilliant, gutsy career with the Boston Celtics--three NBA championship rings and a trio of Most Valuable Player trophies--cries out for celebration and reassessment. He was a dominant player, a thinking player who controlled the game as much with his leadership as his keen passing, tough "D," and the soft touch of his jumper. In Larry Legend, Shaw interweaves chapters of Bird's biography with chapters chronicling his Coach of the Year season to create a hybrid volume; rather than do both well, he does both adequately. Everything is here--Bird's French Lick, Indiana, childhood; why he left Bobby Knight and the Indiana University pressure cooker for lower profile Indiana State; the glory years with the Celtics; the rivalry with Magic Johnson; the back problems; and the ways he re-created the Pacers in his own court-burned image. The problem is presentation. As he jumps back and forth in time, Shaw impedes his own flow, a foul that Bird never committed. That's too bad, because Shaw is a capable reporter who loves his subject and does an otherwise admirable job of fleshing out the life of a man beneath the "Legend" of the title. --Jeff Silverman

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