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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 24: (L-R) Larry Bird and Magic Johnson accept the Lifetime Achievement Awards onstage during the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia on TNT at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner Sports)

While in the middle of football season, the beginning of the MLB playoffs and the start of the NHL season we pause to recall that today is the 43rd anniversary of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird making their NBA debut.  So today we will do Magic and Bird Trivia on Wiki-Pete-ia on the Shemon and Sheppard Show .

In case you are not fortunate enough to be lucky caller number nine at 239-337-ESPN, then you are in luck!  Play at home and dazzle your family!  Stump your co-workers with useless knowledge!  Amaze your friends with your newfound intelligence!  Below are the actual questions AND ANSWERS heard during Wiki-Pete-ia on our show.

Earlier in 1979, Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans defeated Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores in the NCAA men’s basketball championship.  Their one game rivalry continued into their professional careers when Magic went to the Lakers and Bird headed to their arch rival Celtics.  Both players dominated the league and they both won numerous championships.  Many of those championships came in head-to-head play.  They singlehandedly revived a dead NBA into the popular mega money league we see today.  So let’s do Magic and Bird trivia on Wiki-Pete-ia.

Good luck to you!

Craig Shemon

  • 1. BEFORE PLAYING AT INDIANA STATE WHERE DID LARRY BIRD INITIALLY GO TO COLLEGE?

  • A: INDIANA UNIVERSITY

  • 2. WHAT INDIANA TOWN IS LARRY BIRD FROM?

  • A: FRENCH LICK

  • 3. LARRY BIRD BECAME THE HEAD COACH OF WHAT NBA TEAM?

  • A: PACERS

  • 4. HOW MANY NBA TITLES DID BIRD WIN AS A PLAYER?

  • A: 3

  • 5. FOR WHAT TEAM WAS BIRD AN EXECUTIVE (AND NBA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR IN 2012)?

  • A: PACERS

  • 6. WHO WAS MAGIC JOHNSON'S HEAD COACH AT MICHIGAN STATE?

  • A: JUD HEATHCOTE

  • 7. MAGIC WAS BRIEFLY THE HEAD COACH (5-11) FOR WHAT NBA TEAM?

  • A: LAKERS

  • 8. HOW MANY NBA TITLES DID MAGIC WIN AS A PLAYER?

  • A: 5

  • 9. WHAT COFFEE CHAIN DOES MAGIC OWN OVER 100 STORES?

  • A: STARBUCKS

  • 10. WHAT MLB TEAM DOES MAGIC HAVE A FINANCIAL STAKE IN?

  • A: DODGERS