Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

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Their rivalry was born in the Midwest during the 1978-79 college basketball season, with Johnson's Michigan State team beat Bird's Indiana State club 75-64 for the NCAA men's championship. Both headed to the NBA that spring, Bird already bound to Boston after being drafted as a junior eligible in '78 and Johnson to the Lakers thanks to a coin flip won against Chicago (the Bulls wound up with David Greenwood).

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