Basketball legends, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are facing each other on the court once again — this time, on Broadway. The Huffington Post reports that there is a new play about the off-court friendship and on-court rivalry of the two NBS stars. Tug Coker, who plays Bird in the play says, “The challenge for us I think is to give something new to people who know the story extremely intimately.”
Tug Coker grew up in suburban Virginia with an impossible dream: One day he’d love to play pro basketball. Maybe, fingers crossed, even for his favorite team, the Boston Celtics. Incredibly, that fantasy is coming true, just not in the way he expected.
Coker is currently pulling on a Celtics jersey eight times a week and bouncing a basketball in front of thousands of people. But the court just happens to be in a Broadway theater. “I never thought people would pay to come and see me play basketball,” he says with a wide smile. Coker is starring as Celtics legend Larry Bird opposite Kevin Daniels as Earvin “Magic” Johnson in “Magic/Bird,” a play about the off-court friendship and fierce on-court rivalry of two of the NBA’s most valuable players.
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