Larry Bird or Magic Johnson

In the 1980s, The L.A. Lakers won five NBA championships and the Boston Celtics three.  Magic Johnson and Larry Bird played huge roles on these championship teams.  Johnson led the Lakers to an NBA title his rookie season.  Magic’s ability to penetrate and create, his competitive spirir, and his unique talents made him a franchise player.  The Celtics rolled to a 61-20 record in Bird’s first year, and Boston fans were buzzing about a brand of basketball similar to the great Red Auerbach squads of the 1960s.  A blue collar player with a strong work ethic, Bird was a winner from ther first day he stepped onto the hardwoods of the Boston Garden.  His 3-point shooting, rebounding, shot blocking, and late-game heroics made Bird the heart and soul of the Celtic teams of the 1980s.  The Magic-Bird rivalry heated up in the mid-80s and from 1984 to 1989 Johnson or Bird won the MVP Award five times.  The magnificent Michael Jordan won it the other year.  During this span, Magic improved his defense greats is obvious to basketball fans across the land.  But just who was the better of the two is bound to be debated in bars, on street corners, and everywhere else for decades to comweand increased his scoring average to over 20 points per game.  At this stage Johnson could be rated a shade better than Bird, and they both ranmked among the top players in basketball.  Bird was a more productive scorer, but Magic was quicker, he was a great slasher, and he had a more effective all-around game.  The greatness of therse two athletes and their places among the all-time greats is obvious to basketball fans across the land.  But just who was the better of the two is bound to be debated in bars, on street corners, and everywhere else for decades to come.

 

Mikey picks Magic.  Who do you pick?

 

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