Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court With the 1990-91 Boston Celtics

unfinished_businessThis account of a season spent with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics captures the storied franchise in a transitional period. Superstar Larry Bird was injured and aging, as was his frontcourt counterpart, Kevin McHale. When Bird was out of commission, the team struggled to adjust to a new on-the-floor leader, Reggie Lewis, as well as a quicksilver rookie named Dee Brown, who would win the Slam Dunk contest and struggle to become more than a carnival act in a town that demanded fundamental basketball.

Bird, the central character in the book even when he’s absent, eventually makes a heroic return in the postseason, but the Celtics come up short. The book does not. ESPN’s Bill Simmons called Unfinished Business “one of the five best NBA books ever written.”