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LINKED BY GREATNESS

MAGIC JOHNSON AND LARRY BIRD TURN RIVALRY INTO BOND

Some would call it divine intervention or something that was meant to be. Others subscribe to the theory that it was merely a series of coincidences that worked out the way they did. But all can agree on one thing: It was perfect. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird had an impact on the game that can’t be measured, but can be explained.

The two first clashed on the hardwood in 1979. Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans took on Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores to claim the college basketball national championship title. A 6-foot-9 point guard with the game’s best nickname, Johnson already was a basketball celebrity. Bird, too, had the national eye after being called “College Basketball’s Secret Weapon” on the cover of Sports Illustrated in November 1977.

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