Last night, NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird went on the Late Show with David Letterman to talk about a new theatrical production based on them. Luckily for basketball fans, they only talked for about the production for about 15 seconds, and spent the rest of the time talking about their historic past together.
Magic and Bird are linked together more than any other two players in NBA history. When you think of one, it makes you think of the other. They will be forever associated together in the minds of basketball fans, for their actions on and off the court.
The two met for the first time in the 1979 NCAA basketball championship game, where Magic’s Michigan State Spartans defeated Bird and Indiana State University. This game still bothers Larry Bird to this day. I first learned of this awhile back while watching the documentary, Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals. If you’re a basketball fan, this is a must see. It’s an HBO production, and is by far the best one I’ve ever seen on Magic and Bird. The fact that it’s HBO Sports, takes all the censorship off the table, and makes it even better.
You get to know who Magic and Bird really were. I had no idea how serious about basketball Larry Bird was. The guy was an intense competitor to say the least, and he really didn’t like Magic, until several years after they initially met.
This interview on Letterman, is just a small taste of what the HBO documentary is. Do yourself a favor, and check it out.