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-
With an update on West's new Clippers
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. While concentrating mostly on basketball-in 2005 he won the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame-he has also 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, Pennsylvania.
"[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
"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