When The Game Was War

The book “When the Game Was War: The NBA’s Greatest Season” by Rich Cohen was released yesterday.

Here is the first paragraph of the excerpt:

You wouldn’t think a single basketball game could turn a person into a fanatic, but that’s what happened. Of course, it wasn’t just any game. It was Game 6 of the 1988 NBA Finals. I was nineteen years old, and the Los Angeles Lakers, the great and godly Showtime Lakers of Kareem and Magic and Worthy, were trying to deliver on their coach Pat Riley’s promise, made twelve months earlier in a champagne-­filled locker room, to repeat as NBA champions. But it was looking like Riley was about to make a fool of himself: By Game 6, the Detroit Pistons, the so-­called Bad Boys made up of Isiah, Laimbeer, and Rodman, were threatening to spoil the Lakers’ dreams of a repeat.

When the Game Was War: The NBA’s Greatest Season

The book focuses on the 1987 NBA season, when Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas dominated the league, and a young Michael Jordan was beginning to emerge.

On the topic of basketball, here are a few other books that I’ve enjoyed:

  1. “The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA” by Ian Thomsen
  2. “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success” by Phil Jackson
  3. “Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine” by George Dohrmann