The NBA on Wednesday said the duo would be honoured with the award at a ceremony in Los Angeles on June 24. The two previous recipients of the award are Bill Russell (2017) and Oscar Robertson (2018).
They were also members of USA Basketball's 1992 Olympic gold-medal-winning "Dream Team."
Both spent their entire careers with one team, Johnson winning five NBA crowns with the Lakers and Bird three with the Celtics.
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