A winsome blend of autobiography, inspiration, and basketball how-to from the outrageously talented point guard for the LA....

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MAGIC'S TOUCH: From Fast Break to Fundamentals with Basketball's Most Exciting Player

A winsome blend of autobiography, inspiration, and basketball how-to from the outrageously talented point guard for the LA. Lakers. Geared as much for budding basketballets as for older fans (Magic operates summer basketball camps), the book has neither a hint of scandal nor even the sad touches that deepened fellow b-ball star Larry Bird's Drive (p. 1440) as Magic--aided by Sports Illustrated editor Roy S. Johnson (no relation) --mixes glimpses of growing up happily under the prodding of a terrific dad and mom with lots of bonhomie (""everybody on the Lakers is my brother,"" he tells us). The very worthwhile emphasis here, though, is on the game itself, with Magic offering inside-court discussions and plenty of real-game examples (of dribbling, defense, rebounding, assisting, team play, and so on), concluding with a look at ""the inner game"" and ""the will to win."" So: no razzle-dazzle, and the overall tone is sugared, but hoop-lovers will find much to pick over in Magic's play-by-play.

Pub Date: Nov. 3, 1989

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1989