February 05, 1990 12:00 PM

>DRIVE: THE STORY OF MY LIFE Larry Bird, the Boston Celtics’ knight of the wispy mustache, teams with sportswriter Bob Ryan on a life story. (Doubleday, $18.95)

NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE Free-lancer Lewis Cole traces the tragedy of Len Bias, the University of Maryland hero who died in 1986 of a crack overdose. (Pantheon, $18.95)

FOREVER’S TEAM John Feinstein looks at the players on the underdog Duke team that nearly won the 1977-78 NCAA title. (Villard, $18.95)

MAGIC’S TOUCH Earvin Johnson Jr., with Roy Johnson of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, mixes autobiography and advice. (Addison Wesley, $17.95)

BIG HOOPS Providence sports columnist Bill Reynolds tracks a season in the Big East conference. (NAL, $19.95)

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