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Johnson and Bird to get joint NBA lifetime honour

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

Former rivals and are to receive a joint Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Awards, the league has announced.

Johnson and Bird forged an epic rivalry during the 1980s when the Lakers and were locked in a long-running battle for supremacy.

The on Wednesday said the duo would be honoured with the award at a ceremony in on June 24. The two previous recipients of the award are (2017) and (2018).

Johnson and Bird's rivalry captured the imagination of fans during their heyday, and helped drive the success of the modern

The two men both won three NBA Most Valuable Awards and are members of the

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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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 09:16 IST