HBO Sports To Spotlight Magic-Bird Rivalry
Documentary Set To Air In March 2010
by R. Thomas Umstead 10/14/2009 12:01:03 PM
HBO Sports will produce a documentary chronicling the legendary rivalry between basketball hall of fame players Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
The special, which is scheduled to air in March 2010, will trace the 30-year history of the competition between Los Angeles Lakers' star Johnson and Boston Celtics' great Bird, beginning with their college years in the 1970s and running through a decade of dominance in the 1980s early 1990s when the two won three NBA MVP awards apiece and a combined eight NBA titles.
The show will also examine the different cultures that helped shape them and contributed to their unique styles, as well as explore their unlikely friendship.
"Larry Bird and ‘Magic' Johnson are basketball royalty," said Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports in a statement. "Their accomplishments speak for themselves at every level, but their intersecting back stories are just as rich and compelling as their championship performances. We will tell their full life stories and provide an in-depth portrait of their complicated and historic bond."