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Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to Receive NBA's Lifetime Achievement Award

Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will receive the NBA's Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

The legends will be honored at the third annual 2019 NBA Awards on June 24 in Los Angeles. Bill Russell (2017) and Oscar Robertson (2018) are the previous recipients.

Johnson and Bird first clashed as rivals in the 1979 NCAA tournament, when Johnson led Michigan State to a national championship victory over Bird and Indiana State. Their rivalry graduated to the NBA during their rookie season in 1979-80 with the Lakers and Celtics. Bird won Rookie of the Year, while Johnson helped the Lakers win the 1980 NBA title.