Robert Parish explains the impact of the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird rivalry
Legendary NBA center and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Robert Parish shed some light on the infamous and impactful rivalry between former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Magic Johnson and former Boston Celtics small forward Larry Bird.
Not only did the two NBA legends go at it on the court en route to changing the popularity of the game of basketball forever, but Parish believes that the duo of Bird and Johnson also changed the world for the better off the court as well.
Parish recently made a point to note that the rivalry between Johnson and Bird helped bridge the gap between races.
🏀 Tonight at 7:30p ET you can hear the Lakers take on the Celtics.
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Larry Bird, a longtime teammate of Robert Parish, won three NBA titles, three NBA MVP awards and a slew of other accolades on his way to the Hall of Fame.
As for Magic Johnson, he registered five NBA titles alongside three MVP awards and another three NBA Finals MVP awards.
Both Magic and Bird are arguably two of the top 10 players in the history of the game.
Parish played in the NBA between 1976-77 to 1996-97 and spent the majority of his playing career as a member of the heralded Celtics. As a result of his lengthy stint in Boston, Parish received an up close and personal seat to watch “Larry Legend” take on “Magic” time and time again.
Now a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Parish strung together quite the illustrious career while producing nine All-Star Game appearances, four NBA titles and a pair of All-NBA nods.