I haven’t cried during a sports buddy film since Brian’s Song when I was in the fifth grade. Now another athlete bromance is rendered, less mawkishly, in the currently airing HBO documentary Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals. The documentary focuses on the intense albeit unlikely friendship that evolved between the ostentatious Magic and the crusty anti-social Bird.
I learned that beneath Bird’s sometimes surly persona was a soulful sensitivity that forged a friendship far deeper with Magic than his supposed friends like Isaiah Thomas who threw Magic under a bus when Magic’s HIV condition was announced.
I’ve always been a fan of Magic, but this documentary gave me a deeper understanding, and deep admiration, for Larry Bird.