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Bird and Magic: In Their Own Words

Originally Published: April 5, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird entered the NBA in 1979 -- back when games were still shown on tape delay -- and together lifted the sport of basketball to unprecedented heights.

Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers won five NBA titles, and he was a three-time MVP. Bird also won three MVPs, and his Boston Celtics won three NBA titles. Their rivalry was fascinating, a compelling clash of gifted equals, who were so utterly different in position and personality. They met head-to-head three ...

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