FANTASY FURNACE

A new play called Magic Bird opened up on Broadway on March 21, 2012. It is about the personal and professional relationship between two NBA legends; Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird. Although I personally have not seen it, I have read the book “When The Game Was Ours” by Jackie MacMullan and found it fascinating. This play is based on actual conversations between the two super stars and what makes it even more authentic, is that both were involved in the creative process. They remain very close friends to this day following years of heated rivalries between them and their teams.

But let’s go back to the beginning and delve into some differences and similarities between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Earvin Johnson Jr. was the first overall pick of the L.A. Lakers in the 1979 NBA Draft. He played under the spotlights of Hollywood. In his rookie season…

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