Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

Item: 283066 Model: 9781982169978

Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

Item: 283066 Model: 9781982169978
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  • Adult non-fiction
  • Hardcover
  • All ages
  • 256 pages
  • Scribner
  • Shaughnessy, Dan
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    For fans of the hit basketball documentary The Last Dance, and from award-winning Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, a nostalgia-filled retelling of the Boston Celtics’ 1980s dominance, which featured the sublime play of NBA legend Larry Bird.

    Today the NBA is a vast global franchise—a billion-dollar industry viewed by millions of fans in the United States and abroad. But it wasn’t always this successful. Before primetime ESPN coverage, lucrative branding deals like Air Jordans, and $40 million annual player salaries, there was the NBA of the 1970s and 1980s—when basketball was still an up-and-coming sport featuring old school beat reporters and players wore Converse All-Stars.

    Enter Dan Shaughnessy, then the beat reporter for The Boston Globe who covered the Boston Celtics every day from 1982 to1986. It was a time when reporters travelled with professional teams—flying the same commercial airlines, riding the same buses, and staying in the same hotels. Shaughnessy knew the athletes as real people, losing free throw bets to Larry Bird, being gifted cheap cigars by the iconic coach Red Auerbach, and having his one-year-old daughter Sarah passed from player to player on a flight from Logan to Detroit Metro.

    Drawing on unprecedented access and personal experiences that would not be possible for any reporter today, Shaughnessy takes us inside the legendary Larry Bird-led Celtics teams, capturing the camaraderie as they rose to dominate the NBA. Fans can witness the cockiness of Larry Bird (who once walked into an All Star Weekend locker room, announced that he was going to win the three-point contest, and did); the ageless athleticism of Robert Parish; the shooting skills of Kevin McHale; the fierce, self-sacrificing play of Bill Walton; and the playful humor of players like Danny Ainge, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell, and M.L. Carr.

    For any fan who longs to return—for just a few hours—to those magical years when the Boston Garden rocked, the LA Lakers were the perennial mountain to be climbed, and the winner’s circle was mostly colored Boston Green, Wish It Lasted Forever is a VIP courtside seat and masterful tribute to the Larry Bird era and the Celtics’ age of dominance.​

    Product Features:

  • Adult non-fiction
  • Hardcover
  • All ages
  • 256 pages
  • Scribner
  • Shaughnessy, Dan

  • (Model 9781982169978)
    Model Number9781982169978
    Estimated Delivery5-7 Business Days
    upc9781982169978
    TitleWish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics
    AuthorDan Shaughnessy
    ISBN9781982169978
    Published Date44516
    PublisherScribner
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages256 Pages
    GenreAdult Non-Fiction

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    For fans of the hit basketball documentary The Last Dance, and from award-winning Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, a nostalgia-filled retelling of the Boston Celtics’ 1980s dominance, which featured the sublime play of NBA legend Larry Bird.

    Today the NBA is a vast global franchise—a billion-dollar industry viewed by millions of fans in the United States and abroad. But it wasn’t always this successful. Before primetime ESPN coverage, lucrative branding deals like Air Jordans, and $40 million annual player salaries, there was the NBA of the 1970s and 1980s—when basketball was still an up-and-coming sport featuring old school beat reporters and players wore Converse All-Stars.

    Enter Dan Shaughnessy, then the beat reporter for The Boston Globe who covered the Boston Celtics every day from 1982 to1986. It was a time when reporters travelled with professional teams—flying the same commercial airlines, riding the same buses, and staying in the same hotels. Shaughnessy knew the athletes as real people, losing free throw bets to Larry Bird, being gifted cheap cigars by the iconic coach Red Auerbach, and having his one-year-old daughter Sarah passed from player to player on a flight from Logan to Detroit Metro.

    Drawing on unprecedented access and personal experiences that would not be possible for any reporter today, Shaughnessy takes us inside the legendary Larry Bird-led Celtics teams, capturing the camaraderie as they rose to dominate the NBA. Fans can witness the cockiness of Larry Bird (who once walked into an All Star Weekend locker room, announced that he was going to win the three-point contest, and did); the ageless athleticism of Robert Parish; the shooting skills of Kevin McHale; the fierce, self-sacrificing play of Bill Walton; and the playful humor of players like Danny Ainge, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell, and M.L. Carr.

    For any fan who longs to return—for just a few hours—to those magical years when the Boston Garden rocked, the LA Lakers were the perennial mountain to be climbed, and the winner’s circle was mostly colored Boston Green, Wish It Lasted Forever is a VIP courtside seat and masterful tribute to the Larry Bird era and the Celtics’ age of dominance.​

    Product Features:

  • Adult non-fiction
  • Hardcover
  • All ages
  • 256 pages
  • Scribner
  • Shaughnessy, Dan

  • (Model 9781982169978)
    Model Number9781982169978
    Estimated Delivery5-7 Business Days
    upc9781982169978
    TitleWish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics
    AuthorDan Shaughnessy
    ISBN9781982169978
    Published Date44516
    PublisherScribner
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages256 Pages
    GenreAdult Non-Fiction

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    • Jewelry and watches purchased in-Club after 8/3/2017.
    • Bulk purchases of ten (10) or more units of the same item purchased online in the same transaction where the total price exceeds $1,000.00.
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    • Gas Powered Outdoor Equipment
    • Items with gas, oil, or fuel added
    • Living Room Sets
    • Major Appliances after 90 days
    • Mattresses over 1 year old
    • Pools
    • Screenhouses
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    • Swing Sets
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    • Massage Chairs

    *Bulk online sales are final and cannot be returned; reference Terms of Use available on BJs.com by clicking here, or contact your BJ’s business partner with questions.


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