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Here’s another reason we hope the world doesn’t end in 2012: ‘Magic/Bird,’ a new broadway play about NBA Basketball Hall of Famers Earving ‘Magic’ Johnson and Larry Bird.

Produced by the folks who gave us NFL endorsed ‘Lombardi,’ a one-act drama that opened in 2010 about the life of Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi brings us ‘Magic/Bird,’ a six character play that dramatizes the lives of the Laker and Celtic rivals. 

Magic and Bird met on the hardcourt while in college. Magic was playing for  Michigan State and Bird played for Indiana in 1979 when Bird’s Indiana was topped twice by Johnson’s Michigan. The two met in the NBA Finals three times in four years, with Bird’s Boston Celtics claiming the championship in 1984 and Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers taking the title in 1985 and 1987. 

Bird, 54 and Johnson, 51, are said to be backers as is the NBA, taking a cue from the NFL, who backed ‘Lombardi.’

 

 

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Bird and Magic in 1986.

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Magic and Bird.

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Ivory and Ebony/Bird and Magic.

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Bird and Magic memorabilia.