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Basketball Legends

There’s nothing like watching a good basketball game when the stakes are high. What’s even better is getting to watch a legend perfect the sport. If you love basketball as much as we do you’ll love learning more about our top 6 basketball legends of all time!

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Larry Bird

Larry Bird

Larry Bird started his legendary status at Indiana University where he played for iconic coach, Bob Knight. He then launched his successful career for the Boston Celtics where he earned three NBA championships and three MVP awards.

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie

More than just a legend, Lisa Leslie is a trailblazer. After completing a successful college basketball career at the University of Southern California, Leslie went on to become the first WNBA player to win the regular season MVP, All-Star Game MVP and playoff MVP in the same season for the Sparks. Did we mention she’s also an Olympic gold medalist?

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Earvin Johnson Jr., better known as Magic Johnson, took the success he had as a basketball player for Michigan State University and brought his powerhouse moves to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. He exemplified his status as an NBA superstar when he led the Lakers to victory in the NBA Finals that year earning him Most Valuable Player.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan could be considered more than just a basketball legend. With six NBA championships, five MVP awards, Olympic gold medals and one of the most recognized brands under his belt, Jordan is an all-around superstar.

Sheryl Swoopes

Sheryl Swoopes

To have the nickname “female Michael Jordan” you have to be some sort of icon and Sheryl Swoopes is just that. Swoopes has been breaking records since her days at Texas Tech where she set 10 school records. Not only that, but she became the very first player to be signed to the WNBA!

Jerry West

Jerry West

Talk about legendary. Not only was Jerry West a beast on the court at West Virginia University which made him perfect for the Lakers, but he’s also became known as “The Logo.” Why? Take a look at the NBA logo. That image was modeled after Jerry West!

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