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Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics (English Edition) par [McCallum, Jack]
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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jack McCallum (DREAM TEAM) gives an inside look at the legendary Boston Celtics during a season of change.

“One of the five best NBA books ever written.”
—Bill Simmons, ESPN

In the 1990-91 basketball season, the Boston Celtics were a team in transition, both on and off the court. Jack McCallum, also the author of the critically-acclaimed SEVEN SECONDS OR LESS, chronicled this crucial year from the back-room planning on draft day to Larry Bird’s unforgettable effort in the postseason.

With aging superstar Bird nearing the end of his career, the season was filled with glorious highs and devastating lows. McCallum gets up close and personal with the players and management from this storied franchise, showing the larger-than-life characters in a rarely-seen light. The day-to-day drama of Bird's aching back plays in concert with the drumbeat of banter from his frontcourt partner, Kevin McHale. The book reveals the deep bonds—and sometimes deeper rivalries—of the locker room, and also provides an inside look at a league that was entering its Golden Age.

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  • Editeur : Diversion Books (27 septembre 2013)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One Last Run at a Title 1 octobre 2011
Par Eric Mayforth - Publié sur
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After the Boston Celtics suffered a surprising first-round playoff exit at the hands of the New York Knicks in 1990, the team came to the realization that it was time to make significant changes if the team hoped credibly to compete for one more title before the retirements of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish. In "Unfinished Business," Jack McCallum tracked the Celtics' attempt to rebound in 1990-91, from the draft and the hiring of Dave Gavitt in the summer through the playoffs the next spring.

McCallum recalls how new coach Chris Ford retooled the team, injecting an element of speed and a running game with younger players like Dee Brown, Brian Shaw, Reggie Lewis, and Kevin Gamble. The author shows how the team jelled on the court and relates some of the off-the-court stories of that season, and notes that the team had a fresher, hipper image as a result of adding the younger players, culminating in Brown's memorable win in the Slam Dunk Contest that year.

For the Celtics, the season was one of change off the court as well as on--McCallum discusses the retirement of radio announcer Johnny Most and the advent of halftime promotions at Boston Garden.

The author marches through the regular season month by month, noting that the changes made to the team worked spectacularly early on--the Celtics jumped out to a 29-5 start and were seen as possible championship contenders. At the time, I was living in North Texas and got to see Bird, McHale, and Parish play in person when the Celtics came to Dallas in December 1990. Despite the team's great start, though, injuries set in late in the season and the team finished with a 56-26 record.

McCallum does a good job covering the team's two playoff series--the intense, entertaining, and memorable first-round win over the Pacers, and the competitive second-round series in which the Celtics fell to the Pistons. The deciding Game 5 against the Pacers, a 124-121 nail-biter in which Bird returned from a second-quarter injury to play spectacularly, might have been the most compelling game in Bird's last three seasons.

For the Celtics, the 1990-91 season might have been more interesting than any other from 1988-89 through 2006-07, and "Unfinished Business" is a solid look back at that campaign.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Balanced and fair, a classic 7 janvier 2015
Par Some Guy - Publié sur
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One of the few definitive accounts of the great "Big Three"-era Celtics teams of the '80s and early '90s. This thoughtful and balanced snapshot into the fall of a great NBA dynasty is in turns thrilling and thought-provoking. The reader sees how intelligent and hilariously sarcastic McHale was, both on the court and in the locker room; the tactiurn and even surly Chief, always the first one dressed and out after the game; Walton was an earnest and devoted disciple of the game, as practiced at the peak of execution by those hard-working and talented Celts teams. But the lynchpin of the Celtics franchise and of this book was larry Bird, the enigmatic teammate and vicious competitor who no one can truly claim to fully know.

McCallum's reputation was well-earned as a hard-working and honest journalist of the highest ilk. He does himself proud here, with a balanced and unsparing look into the Celtics' locker room and board room, and considers the stark future of the franchise.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Bird's Eye View 2 janvier 2014
Par Pugwash - Publié sur
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The "Big Three" trio of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish produced one of the most unforgettable dynasties in NBA history, under the watchful eye of Red Auerbach.

The author, Jack McCallum, chronicles a Bird's-eye view of the end of this great run of the Boston Celtics. At times interesting and hilarious, McCallum both tells the stories of these colorful personalities and probes the psyches of the 1991-92 Celtics.

The big three uses up most of the ink, but there are also the stories of rookies Dee Brown and Brian Shaw, and many of the reserves, as well. The Celtics go through the majority of the season looking like contenders for the Championship, but ultimately must rely on the aging Big Three to push them over the top. Unfortunately, their bodies don't cooperate.

And yet, one can see the nuances of the personalities of these NBA superstars and appreciate Bird and McHale's leadership, and very different humor. Bird can be side splitting, such as when he is lying on his stomach on the sidelines to take pressure off his back, and reaches over to untie Chuck Person's shoelaces during an inbounds, or when he slides Johnny Most's cigarettes over to the scorer's table and out of reach as he is checking into the game, leaving the close to dementia Most screaming into the microphone for his smokes.

McHale is equally humorous, but with a more down to Earth, thoughtful brand of hilarity.

Really, almost another epoch of NBA basketball, and a time gone by, but really a fun, interesting read.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Celtic Pride in Action 29 juin 2014
Par Michael R Naval - Publié sur
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I've previously read 07 Seconds or Less and like that book, author Jack Mc Callum hits this one right out of the park. Celtics fans or any basketball fan will thoroughly enjoy this book as it chronicles a year in the life of the famed Boston Celtics. It gives an insider's look at what was being said behind the scenes which most fans will not know learn from simply watching the games then or reading the sports pages of a newspaper.

Celtic Pride in action was highlighted by Larry Bird's famous comeback from injury suffered during the most crucial of times, the playoffs. With Bird leading them, the Celtics were able to finish off the upstart Chuck Person and his Indiana Pacers.

The book allows us to have a closer look into the lives of the players both on and off the court and learn things not known by those outside the team. truly a gem of a book for Celtics fans and anyone who follows the game of basketball.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 24 avril 2014
Par B. brown - Publié sur
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I hated the Celtics growing up, hated Bird, hated Mchale, hated all of them. I loved watching the high flyers play like Ron Harper and Dominique Wilkins, Jordan and Drexler. The Celtics were boooooring!! As I got older I came to rspect and appreciate Bird and Mchale for how they played. When I saw this book I was intrigued to hear some behind the scenes stories. Honestly, if you loved Bird as a kid you probably wont after you read this because the book pretty much tells the story of a great player who was ornery as hell, played dirty and never showed the fans much gratitude. For me though, I never liked him so the stories in this book didnt not change my feelings for him, but what it did do was make me respect his game and what he meant to the NBA. So even if you hated the Celtics growing up or hate them now, but you love basketball of the 80's and 90's you should not miss this one.
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