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Who are some highly regarded basketball players in NBA history?

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Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are some highly regarded basketball players in the history of the NBA. All of the players are in the Basketball Hall of Fame and are considered to be some of the best that have ever played in the NBA. Some of them are most famous for individual excellence while others are best known for their play against each other.

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Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest player in the history of the NBA. He was voted the league's most valuable player five times, won the NBA championship six times, scored the most points of any player in a season 10 times and never lost a championship game. He was known as much for his power, agility, leaping ability and leadership as he was for his scoring.

Individually, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were two of the best players in NBA history. Both players were strong scorers, excellent defensive players and leaders of their prospective teams. Their rivalry began in the 1979 NCAA college national championship game and continued for 13 seasons in the NBA where they went head-to-head every season. They were compared to each other throughout their careers, with Magic leading the Los Angeles Lakers and Bird captaining the Boston Celtics. Both players won multiple championships and met in the NBA finals three times.

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