Last week I was completely inspired to write a sermon after watching Magic & Bird, an incredible documentary that traces the rivalry between these two players from their earliest days playing against one another in the NCAA finals. These two phenomenal players, both leaders in their own unique way changed the NBA forever. I had this great idea to use Bird and Magic as different types of leaders and Aaron and the selection of the Cohenim.
But I digress.
I am a Lakers fan through and through. I remember the rivalry and through the magic of memory only recall the Lakers being victorious. I know the starting five. Magic, Kareem, James Worthy, AC Green, and Byron Scott. Michael Cooper was brought in whenever a three-point shot was required (or as the shooting guard). I know that these players had personal faults and flaws. As a young kid, it didn’t matter. They flew through the air and seemed to make baskets from nowhere.
In fairness, I remember plenty of the Celtics players, too. Bird, Ainge, Parish, McHale and someone else. Four of five isn’t bad.
I highly recommend that you see Magic & Bird. It is an inspiring story of two players who got to the top of their game through practice and even found friendship when the spotlights were turned off and it was just Larry and Earvin. If you’re not convinced yet, just watch it and then talk to me.
Oh and GO LAKERS!
Speaking of a Lakers v. Celtics rivalry… I think the Celtics have a new littlest fan who was born on Friday to Rabbi T. and Dr. America. All are healthy!