Magic's biography, "Magic's Touch," inspired me as a young guy and I've followed him ever since. I like Larry "Legend" a little as well. The rivalry reached a climax in the NBA when Boston and Los Angeles met in 3 of 4 NBA Finals from 1984 to 1987. Johnson asserted that the 82-game regular season was composed of 80 normal games and 2 Lakers–Celtics games. Bird admitted that Johnson's daily box score was the first thing he checked in the morning.