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GOLDEN DAYS: West’s Lakers, Steph’s Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball will be out in October. It ties together two fascinating eras of the NBA. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope you enjoy it. You can preorder it here.

Dream Team

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“Perfect book, perfect subject, perfect writer.”

–Jeff Pearlman, New York Times best-selling author of Sweetness and Boys Will Be Boys

In Dream Team, Hall of Fame basketball writer Jack McCallum, who covered the squad from the first practice to the gold-medal triumph in Barcelona and even contributed to its immortal name, delivers the full story of the Olympic men’s basketball team that captivated the world and changed the face of the game.

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GOLDEN DAYS Interview 9: Wilt, No Shirt, No Sleeves, No Equal

GOLDEN DAYS Interview 9: Wilt, No Shirt, No Sleeves, No Equal

I was having dinner one night with friends in the late-80s when Wilt Chamberlain strode into the restaurant, strode being the only applicable verb. It was a classy joint in Los Angeles but Wilt was wearing a black tank top, shorts and no shoes. Oh, yeah, the man went shoeless. The restaurant got kind of

GOLDEN DAYS Interview 8: Dubs Co-Owner Guber Talks “Aliveness”
GOLDEN DAYS Interview 8: Dubs Co-Owner Guber Talks “Aliveness”

I’ve always approached interviews with team owners with some degree of trepidation. The men who own teams, always millionaires, sometimes billionaires, seem to be from another world, economically and otherwise. I don’t compare bank accounts with athletes, either, but at least I can talk to them about basketball. But owners? They invariably made their money

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GOLDEN DAYS Interview 7: Rick Barry May Love Rick Barry, But He Loves Wilt More
GOLDEN DAYS Interview 7: Rick Barry May Love Rick Barry, But He Loves Wilt More

Rick Barry seems to be angry. He is talking loudly and stabbing his fork into a Caesar salad at an Italian deli in St. Petersburg, Fla. The croutons are a problem. They don’t stab easily. They roll. “Hell, no, I don’t think of myself as Mr. Warrior!” exclaims Barry, stabbing and yelling. To be completely

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GOLDEN DAYS Interview 6: Steph’s Shooting Science
GOLDEN DAYS Interview 6: Steph’s Shooting Science

Even on teams with good players, it is usually easy to identify whose team it is. The 80s Boston Celtics were Larry Bird’s team (even though they had Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish), the 80s Los Angeles Lakers were Magic Johnson’s team (even though they had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and the 90s Chicago Bulls

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