10.22.2014

The NBA is Abuzz

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May 1984

"It's the Bird-Magic factor that'll start all the mystique of this series all over again," said 76ers general manager Pat Williams. "It's the ultimate treat. To me, if it can't be Philly in the finals, then let it be Boston. There hasn't been a final like this in 15 years."

10.21.2014

It's May 1984: Who was Considered Better -- Bird or Magic?

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May 1984

When the pros talk about Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, they babble like school kids. A group of experts asked to analyze the two stars then pick one produced answers that were almost identical. Bird is a better scorer and rebounder, while Magic is more versatile and a better playmaker. However, when pressed hard, most expressed a slight -- emphasize slight -- preference for Bird. "Both belong in another world," raves Dick Vitale, a former coach of the Detroit Pistons and now an ESPN analyst. "They play on another level. When God made these two, he came up with something very special.

Riles Appreciated the Rivalry

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May 1984

"HERE, look at this," the Los Angeles Lakers' coach, Pat Riley, said one recent afternoon as he sat in his bright and spacious office at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. He handed his visitor a large black-and-white photograph. "Isn't it something?" he asked.

The photo was tattered along one edge because it had been torn from a book. Otherwise, it was well-preserved. It showed two basketball players, frozen during what is called the transition game - a time when possession of the ball is changing from one team to the other.

10.20.2014

1979 All Over Again

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May 1984

"It's the Bird-Magic factor that'll start all the mystique of this series all over again," said 76ers general manager Pat Williams. "It's the ultimate treat. To me, if it can't be Philly in the finals, then let it be Boston. There hasn't been a final like this in 15 years."