Re: Does LeBron vs. Durant resemble Magic vs. Bird at all?
I think there are a few things that are missing from the Lebron-Durant rivalry in comparison to Bird-Magic:
- OKC and Heat don't have any kind of historic rivalry
- OKC and Heat both don't have anything close to the fan base of Celtics and Lakers
- Magic and Bird rivalry started before entering the NBA, playing against each other in the highest rated college basketball game of all time
- in the NBA, there were a lot of story-worthy tidbits around both, like Magic playing center in game 6 of the finals of his first season, Bird's whole college drama, Bird's trash talking etc. that seem to be missing from KD and Lebron.
So, while KD and Lebron might end up as good as or better than Bird, I don't think they'll ever have a rivalry that's as interesting and story-worthy as the Bird-Magic rivalry was.