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Magic Johnson Secretly Watched Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics Championship Parade From His Hotel Window in 1984

(L-R) Larry Bird, Magic Johnson | Frank O’Brien/The Boston Globe via Getty Images; Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

On Thursday, June 14, 1984, hundreds of thousands of Boston Celtics fans came out to celebrate their basketball team’s triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to win the 1984 NBA Finals. As Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish celebrated on the streets below, there were three NBA stars secretly watching the proceedings from a hotel window high above the crowd. In a hotel suite looking down at the raucous celebration were the Dallas Mavericks’ Mark Aguirre, the Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas, and the Lakers Magic Johnson.

Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics had a miraculous comeback to beat the LA Lakers in the 1984 Finals

Prior to the 1984 NBA Finals, the last time Magic Johnson and Larry Bird met in a championship game was the 1979 NCAA final. Johnson’s Michigan State beat Bird’s Indiana State 75-64.