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Bird Watching: On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  194 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Larry Bird captured the imagination and admiration of basketball fans throughout his thirteen-year career with the Boston Celtics with his trademark style of creative, intelligent, exciting, and hard-nosed play. And then, last year in his rookie season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers, he infused the team with these same qualities -- and the results were remarkable. He ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 14th 1999 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 1st 1999)
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The book I read was Bird Watching, written by Larry Bird with Jackie MacMullan. The book is about how Larry Bird played and coached the game he loved. The theme of this book is unfailing determination. Larry Bird said,”I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” Larry Bird fought through many injuries, and even though he had to sit out some games, the next day he would give one hundred and ten percent. Larry Bird is known for h
Keegan 1Tran
One of the strategies I used was predicting. I predicted that Larry Bird would go to work for the Indiana Pacers after his final season with the Boston Celtics. He stated " I had been working in Boston's front office for three years at that point, and I was getting more and more frustrated, because Paul Gaston, the owner, and my old teammate M. L. Carr, who was the general manager, would ask my advice about certain personnel moves, then turn around and do whatever they wanted." (pg 41)

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Larry Bird's memoir "Bird Watching" covers the years of Larry Bird's retirement and coaching career, but it also has some flashbacks to times when he was a player. Larry Bird is well known for being a legendary player, a good coach, and a great family man. It includes the 1992 Olympics, His life back in French Lick Indiana, the 1999 playoff debacle, and some important influences and role models in his life. I feel like he could have covered more on his playing career because that is what people ...more
One of my favorite Celtics. Written with Jackie MacMullen, one of the great sports journalist out of Boston, this is a must read for any Celtic or Larry Bird fan.

A book about how the game is supposed to be played. By a player who did!
Adam Criblez
Larry Bird is one of my favorite players and the Pacers my favorite team. Just not much here I hadn't already read elsewhere.
This was a great book that really explained who Larry Bird was as a person and his difficulties with coaching and injuries. I liked the way he gave his perspective on things and how he had such a close bond with his teammates. Through and through this book was very good and the subject was very good.
A great follow-up to "Drive", Larry takes us into the days following his retirement, and through his coaching journey. Again, well worth the read for basketball fans, but a definite must-read for fans of one of the greatest players in NBA history.
Jul 02, 2007 Mirageboys rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves the Boston Celtics
Loved reading about all of the personalities and behind the scenes for both the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, as well as his memories of competing in the Olympics. If you love the NBA, Larry Bird or the Boston Celtics -- this is a must read.
A good look into the NBA, but Larry seems a little pompous.
This is a good book if you like the celtics
Jovan Johnson
i love his basketball skills
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