The Golden Era's Greatest Player: Larry Bird Or Magic Johnson?
As the Kobe or LeBron debate rages, HoopsVibe has decided to turn back the clock and compare the game's best players from another era. Twenty years ago, the NBA belonged to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Most hoop fans were polarized, supporting either Boston's ‘Hick from French Lick' or L.A.'s Magic Man. There was no in-between. Larry-Legend and Magic were rivals ... As the
Twenty years ago, the NBA belonged to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Most hoop fans were polarized, supporting either
There was no in-between. Larry-Legend and Magic were rivals.
Their styles of play couldn’t have been more different. Bird’s Celtics ran a methodical half-court game, while Magic’s Lakers were all Showtime, pushing the tempo and outrunning opponents.
But the blue-collar shooter and dime-dropping point brought the NBA back from oblivion, mesmerizing fans all over the world.
So now HoopsVibe readers must settle a classic debate. Who ran the eighties: Larry Bird or Magic Johnson?
As always, read the post, form an opinion, and vote for Bird or Magic in the comment box below. We will tally the votes and get back to you with the results.
The Case For Larry Bird
The Case For Magic Johnson
The Verdict: Magic by a slight hair.
Why: Both players were amazing, defining a special era for the NBA. However, true greatness is measured by one thing-NBA Titles.
Johnson won five NBA Titles over his career, while Bird won three. Furthermore, Magic’s Lakers edged Bird’s Celtics 2-1 in head-to-head play in the Finals.
Again, Bird is an all-time great, but Magic gets the nod because of total championships.
Magic or Bird? Who do you see as the dominant player of the eighties? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.
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