“Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird.”
- Magic Johnson at Larry Bird’s retirement party, February 1993
"We fought like hell for the same thing for over 12 years, and through it all, the respect was always there. For the rest of our lives, we’re connected.
I used to mind.
I don’t anymore.”
- Larry Bird reflecting on the rivalry, March 2009
People who like really intense sports rivalries and friendships with lots of drama and feelings and mutual respect absolutely need to watch Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals
. A true story that sounds like fiction, about two very different men who end up sharing both a rivalry and a relationship that would go down in sports history.