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Celtics legend Larry Bird reacts to news of new East finals MVP trophy being named for him

By Justin Quinn

On Thursday morning, the NBA revealed a new series of awards to be granted to the best individual player and team from each respective conference finals series in each year’s postseason, with Boston Celtics legendary small forward Larry Bird having his name attached to the Eastern Conference Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

That same day, deputy league commissioner Mark Tatum made a call to a number of interested parties regarding the new series of hardware to be announced to give those people the news their names would be attached to the awards. The Hick From French Lick was on the call, and his reaction, captured on video, was shared by the league on Instagram.

“Thanks, Mark,” said Bird after hearing the news of his honoring the trophy of the conference he won three titles in. “I just wish I could win me one of those Magic Johnson trophies.”

“That would be the highlight of my career,” he joked, poking fun at his career-long rival and friend Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Watch the clip above to see Bird’s full reaction to the news.

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Dive Deeper:
NBA announces new trophies for conference champions, Most Valuable Players
Two fo the new awards have been named for Celtics legends.
The NBA names Western Conference Finals MVP after Magic Johnson
The NBA adds Western Conference Finals MVP award and names it after Magic Johnson
How can the Boston Celtics bounce back from their heartbreaking Game 5 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks?
To start with, they'll need to win this game, and then the next. But how?
How can the Boston Celtics ensure they’ll win their critical Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks?
with 88% of Game 5 winners of series tied 2-2, Boston defending their home court tonight is imperative.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
NBA updates Larry O’Brien trophy, adds trophies named for Magic Johnson, Larry Bird
The Eastern Conference championship trophy has been renamed for Bob Cousy, the Western Conference championship trophy for Oscar Robertson.
Robert Williams III dealing with a bone bruise from colliding with Giannis, according to Celtics coach Ime Udoka
He will remain questionable with some discomfort in that knee.
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