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Best of Persona (NBA) - Chad Wittman

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Will there ever be or has there ever been a more perfect player rivalry than Magic v Bird?

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um, it next. Oh, the magic bird debate. Will there ever be a perfect player rivalry? As good as magic versus Bird? No, never. Um, it was It was It was perfect for for so many reasons. And, you know, you think about it. They meet in the 1979 n. C. Championship magic claim for the powerhouse state school in Michigan State. And then Larry Bird, of course, with Indiana State be the underdog. And Larry Bird even used to be a member of the Big 10. He started his career in Indiana. So there was already that that they you know, um, that they could have met up in in that regard. Um, the fact that ah, they both had so much success so early on and did so much. I mean, magic goes into the league and he finds success playing center and Game six and the MBA, you know, he wins the NBA finals and and it just their careers just sort of were bouncing off of each other and and they were competing on different coasts. The teams sort of represented different styles, you know, is the rugged blue color Celtics against, you know, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and and eso in so many ways. And the fact these guys were both 69 but didn't play the same position. And both, you know, we're such great passers and got their teammates involved. There were so many similarities, but yet so many differences. And then the fact that later when they're doing the Converse commercial, they end up becoming great friends and stuff and and sort of kept the rivalry, but still had this mutual admiration. So I just think in terms of the way everything played out, there were just so many parallels, and I just don't think we'll ever see that again. You're gonna get great rivalries, of course, in the league and great matchups and and maybe greater players than they were at the peak of their of their careers. But I don't think you'll ever get a better pure rivalry. Um, it was perfect, and I don't think that will ever happen. Yeah, the the status in in me finds it hard to believe that will never have a rivalry. But I do think, you know, trying to scope it a little bit, sort of in my lifetime you know, I'm 34. Let's say I, you know, make it to 100. Let's just say like, Well, I see that in the next 65 years or whatever. It's like, Yeah, I think I buy that in my lifetime. I'll take it. But it's certainly it's up there. I mean, like you said, it touches on a lot of narrative and a lot of human elements that are just like great storytelling and be hard to write a zoo. Good of a story is it kind of played out, And, um and it's interesting to the one piece you didn't mention, which is slightly different is you know, they both got their careers cut short for different reasons. You know, Larry, with the back pain, obviously in magic with HIV, like like it's just kind of interesting to that. Their their stories were intertwined to kind of cut short and obviously all the Dream Team stuff. Um, but a lot of parallels, but in general I buy it until until my, you know, hopeful long death

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