Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Could one have existed—and in such greatness—without the other? As Bird says, "I had to have him there for some reason. It (was) like a crutch...somebody to compare myself to."
With a combined eight NBA titles and three MVPs each, Bird and Johnson are permanently marked as one of the greatest rivalries in NBA history. A documentary chronicling their on-court battles, Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, is now available on DVD at HBO.com.
Tracing the Celtics-Lakers rivalry back to the beginning, the documentary details Bird's and Magic's life stories, and the different cultures that shaped them as athletes. More importantly, the film explores the rivalry itself, and the unlikely friendship that it engendered.
A Courtship of Rivals brings to mind what tough competition and a good healthy rivalry can do for your game—the more challenging, the better.
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