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Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball
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The 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.With an update on Jerry West’s new gigIn Golden Days, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum uses two teams—today’s Golden State Warriors and the L.A. Lakers of the early 1970s—to trace the dynamic history of the National Basketball Association, which for much of the last half-century has marched memorably through the state of California. Tying together the two strands of McCallum’s story is Hall of Famer Jerry West, the ferociously competitive Laker guard who later became one of the key architects of the Warriors. With “the Logo” as his guide, McCallum takes us deep into the locker rooms and front offices of these two era-defining teams, leveraging the access and authority he has amassed over his forty-year career to create a picture of the cultural juggernaut that the NBA has become.   Featuring up-close-and-personal portraits of some of the biggest names in basketball history, from Wilt Chamberlain to Steve Kerr to the transcendent duo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, as well as an update on the Warriors’ continuing run of dominance and West’s first season with the L.A. Clippers, Golden Days is a history, not just of a changing sport, but a changing America. Featuring vintage photos and contemporary shots of NBA greats including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley, and more. “Full of juicy anecdotes and wagging fun . . . McCallum holds legitimate claim for being the greatest NBA writer of all time.”The Wall Street Journal“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 “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. 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 “An original, fascinating, and breezy read.”—Zach Lowe, senior writer, ESPN
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In Golden Days, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum uses two teams—today’s Golden State Warriors and the L.A. Lakers of the early 1970s—to trace the dynamic history of the National Basketball Association, which for much of the last half-century has marched memorably through the state of California. Tying together the two strands of McCallum’s story is Hall of Famer Jerry West, the ferociously competitive Laker guard who later became one of the key architects of the Warriors. With “the Logo” as his guide, McCallum takes us deep into the locker rooms and front offices of these two era-defining teams, leveraging the access and authority he has amassed over his forty-year career to create a picture of the cultural juggernaut that the NBA has become.
 
Featuring up-close-and-personal portraits of some of the biggest names in basketball history, from Wilt Chamberlain to Steve Kerr to the transcendent duo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, as well as an update on the Warriors’ continuing run of dominance and West’s first season with the L.A. Clippers, Golden Days is a history, not just of a changing sport, but a changing America.
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“Full of juicy anecdotes and wagging fun . . . McCallum holds legitimate claim for being the greatest NBA writer of all time.”The Wall Street Journal
“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
“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. 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
“An original, fascinating, and breezy read.”—Zach Lowe, senior writer, ESPN
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        With this volume, McCallum (Dream Team) compares the 1971 Los Angeles Lakers to the current Golden State Warriors, Hall-of-Famer Jerry West linking the two teams together as a player for the Lakers and a consultant for the Warriors. Both teams are known for their fast, entertaining playing style. The Lakers, led by West and Wilt Chamberlain, won the 1971 NBA Championship, including a record 36-game winning streak. Stephen Curry brought the Warriors to championship wins in 2015 and 2017. But the success of both teams was not predestined. West and the Lakers lost in the finals seven times before their eventual victory. Before Peter Guber and Joe Lacob purchased the struggling Warriors and brought in a Silicon Valley business philosophy, Golden State was seen as an undesirable place to play. Both teams experienced drama even in success, such as the unexpected retirement of Laker Elgin Baylor and the firing of Warriors head coach Mark Jackson. McCallum effectively recounts numerous rivalries, personalities, achievements, and games throughout NBA history. VERDICT The connection between these two franchises from different eras seems tentative. Still, the massive popularity of the Warriors will attract casual and hard-core NBA fans alike.--Chris Wilkes, Tazewell Cty. P.L., VA

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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With an update on Jerry West's new gig
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