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Golden Days
West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball
By (author): Jack McCallum
9780399179099 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SPORTS & RECREATION / Basketball Oct 02, 2018
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.79 in 352 pages TWO 8-PP COLOR INSERTS Ballantine Ballantine Books
The legendary sportswriter and bestselling author of Dream Team tells the interconnected stories of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the early-1970s Los Angeles Lakers, two extraordinary teams playing in extraordinary times and linked by one extraordinary man: Jerry West.

“McCallum holds legitimate claim for being the greatest NBA writer of all time…and this book is full of juicy anecdotes and wagging fun…. You can’t go wrong doing a deep-dive into [the Warriors’] story.” The Wall Street Journal

The 33-game win streak of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers still stands as the longest and greatest in the history of American pro sports, a run of uninterrupted dominance threatened only by the collected accomplishments of today’s Golden State Warriors—including two epic streaks of their own. In Golden Days, acclaimed sports writer Jack McCallum uses these two teams—the Jerry West/Wilt Chamberlain/Elgin Baylor Lakers of the 70s and the Stephen Curry/Kevin Durant/Draymond Green Warriors of today—to trace the dynamic history of the NBA, which for much of the last half-century has marched memorably through California. Guided in part by the legendary Jerry West—the Lakers guard and future GM who was one of the key architects of the Warriors—McCallum takes us deep into the locker rooms and front offices of these two era-defining teams, bringing the access and authority he has amassed over his 40-year career to create a picture of the cultural juggernaut that the NBA has become.

Story Locale: Los Angeles and Oakland, California; Milwaukee; other U.S. cities

Publication History: Ballantine HC (10/17)

Includes a NEW CHAPTER updating the Warriors’ continuing run of dominance and Jerry West’s first season as a key architect of another California team, the L.A. Clippers.

FEATURES SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN BASKETBALL, from Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West and Pat Riley to Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and Steve Kerr.

A HISTORY OF THE CHANGING NBA through two teams that came of age in surprisingly similar cultural climates, dealing with divisive presidential politics and nationwide violence, from the Manson murders to mass shootings and police brutality.

ALLURE OF CALIFORNIA CULTURE: Traces not just changes in the NBA, but cultural shifts in Cali that permeated the nation, such as hip-hop culture and political activism.

Explores a question that nags at every great sports team and great sports fan: Why can’t we win every game? And WHAT NURTURES A WINNING STREAK AND MAKES IT LAST?

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Dream Team, was hailed as “a stellar retrospective” (The New York Times), “one of the best basketball books you’ll ever read” (The New York Post), “the absolute definitive work on the subject, a perfectly wonderful once-you-pick-it-up-you-won’t-be-able-to-put-it-down book” (The Boston Globe).

COLOR PHOTO INSERT with vintage and contemporary shots of NBA greats including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley, and more.

Jack McCallum is the New York Times bestselling author of Dream Team and Seven Seconds or Less and a longtime member of the staff of Sports Illustrated. In 2005 he won the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He has edited the weekly Scorecard section of the magazine, covered five Olympic games, and written about virtually every sport, including bowling, bicycle racing, squash, and wrestling. McCallum teaches journalism at Muhlenberg College and lives with his wife in Bethlehem, PA.

Author Residence: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Author Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Author Website: www.jackmccallum.net

Author Social Media: Twitter: @McCallum12

“[Jack] McCallum holds legitimate claim for being the greatest NBA writer of all time—he wrote for Sports Illustrated for several decades, and his Dream Team is a chronicle of the souls of every basketball player you’ve ever cared about—and this book, typically, is full of juicy anecdotes and wagging fun…. The Warriors is a team of big ideas, big achievements and big personalities.”The Wall Street Journal

“[Jack McCallum is] a great chronicler of the NBA game…. The 1971–72 season was an odd one…and even more odd is how little has actually been written about that team, compared with some of the other historically great NBA single-season squads…. McCallum is great this way, unearthing gems, such as [Jerry] West’s intense dislike for the late Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke…and the behind-the-scenes management role played by the team’s legendary play-by-play radio man, Chick Hearn…. Nearing eighty, West still has something to give a team desperate to win on the biggest stage. McCallum shows why that is.”—David Aldridge

“With his classic eye for detail and deadpan wit, Jack McCallum connects two of the greatest teams in sports history through the endlessly fascinating persona of Jerry West. McCallum manages to unearth new details about some of the giants of the game, while shining a light on overlooked figures such as Elgin Baylor, delivering an original, fascinating, and breezy read.”—Zach Lowe, senior writer, ESPN

“I spent some of the 2016–17 season working as a consultant for the Golden State Warriors, but even I didn’t know every detail of how this championship team came together. Golden Days breaks that all down and shows how the Warriors have revolutionized basketball.”—Steve Nash, two-time MVP

“I had the pleasure of playing with, coaching with, and coaching for Jerry West, one of the great influences in the history of the NBA. Jack McCallum’s Golden Days gets at the essence of the man as a player and an executive, while also exploring today’s game through the Golden State Warriors.”—Pat Riley, president, Miami Heat

“Only one writer I know could pull all this together: two iconic champions, two roundball revolutions, and the deadeye legend whose silhouette binds them both. If basketball writing had a logo, it would be the image of Jack McCallum.”—Lee Jenkins, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

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