Yeah I liked Bird, still do. He easily is a top 10 player of all-time. Magic was better IMO but it was close no doubt. Probably the best rivals I have seen in sports are Magic vs Bird, Manning vs Brady, Ali vs Frazier. They always show the old Boxing matches of them on ESPN.
Hard not to love Larry Bird.
My buddy had a lot of family that lived in French Lick. I remember going down by Birds house down there. The famous court from Space Jam. Could only see from road, but still cool.
Yeah winning Finals MVP as a rookie was so incredible. He is the only one ever to do it. I remember I was in 4th grade when that happened. My teacher had us all write a book report on who our hero's were. I wrote what I thought was a perfect A book report about Magic. I talk about his child hood, High School playing days, College playing days, and him winning it all as a rookie. Even had his rookie stats. That teacher freakin gave me a B+ . I found later she loved Larry Bird . True story though.