Larry Bird: I could never imagine joining Magic Johnson

0:46 | NBA
Larry Bird 'couldn't imagine' joining Magic Johnson, Lakers in free agency
Friday July 8th, 2016

Your teams on the go or at home. Personalize SI with our new App. Install on iOS or Android.

Pacers president Larry Bird, talking about his playing career, said he could not have imagined making a move similar to Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors.

Bird, a three-time NBA champion, made the comments on Sirius XM NBA radio. Durant, a former MVP, has come under some criticism for joining a Warriors team that won 73 games last season.

“I know back in the day, I couldn’t imagine going to the Lakers and playing with Magic Johnson. I’d rather try to beat him,” Bird said. “I could never imagine myself going and joining another team with great players, because I had great players and I was in a great situation.”

From Lee Jenkins: Steve Nash’s unlikely assist in Warriors pursuit of KD

Bird certainly played with great players, having starred alongside NBA legends Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Bill Walton during his career. Bird’s Celtics famously battled with the Lakers throughout the 1980s.


Durant signed a two-year deal with the Warriors earlier this week.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.