The rivalry: In their words
The photo: The classic struggle for a rebound, for an NBA title. The 1984 photograph of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird at the Forum has become emblematic of the three NBA Finals played in the 1980s between the Lakers and Boston. It was The Times’ inspiration for the cover of this special section.
Get a poster of the cover on latimes.com: Artist Roberto Parada’s painting of Andrew Bernstein’s classic photograph - modernized with Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce - is available to download as a PDF poster exclusively at latimes.com/lakers.