Wish It Lasted Forever: Life With The Larry Bird Celtics

Dan Shaughnessy. Scribner, $28 (256p) ISBN 978-1-982169-97-8
Boston Globe sports columnist Shaughnessy (At Fenway) recalls his time covering the extraordinary rise of the Boston Celtics in the 1980s in this less-than-extraordinary account. Shaughnessy—who grew up during the team’s dynastic championship run in the ’50s and ’60s—was assigned by the Globe to report on the team in 1981, two seasons after Larry Bird joined the squad and established himself as a superstar, securing the franchise another title. Shaughnessy became friendly with team members—even earning the nickname “Scoop”—and fondly recalls his time going for beers and shooting baskets with Bird. Utilizing his access to the players and coaches, Shaughnessy shares behind-the-scenes looks at the heyday of Bird’s time with the Celtics (which included three championships), as well as tensions between the team and coach Bill Fitch, and the bitterness engendered by business decisions that led to trades of popular players. The reporting, however, varies in depth; those expecting insights into what happened on the court won’t find many, and Shaughnessy’s self-proclaimed penchant for cheap shots—he compares an executive who made an undisputed major draft mistake to Neville Chamberlain—likely won’t endear him to readers. Even die-hards who bleed Celtic green will be underwhelmed. Agent: David Black, David Black Literary. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 08/24/2021
Release date: 11/01/2021
Genre: Nonfiction
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