Many times we see people trying to compare Jordan, Kobe and other stars of the modern era with Bird, Magic and other stars of the "golden" era. I explain the difference between these eras with the dominant sound that comes from the stands during the games. Bird and Magic made plays that were clever and unexpected. That is why he was called "Magic". And people in the stands would go "Ooooooo!" whenever one of these plays was made...it was truly a feeling of witnessing something MAGICAL. In the modern era, it is much more common to see plays that come about from tremendous physical ability. These kinds of plays make the crowd say "Wowwwww!". Both types of plays are fun to watch but it is a sad truth that the "Oooooo!" type plays have become a rarity in the NBA.