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Old 05-07-2020, 09:17 AM   #16
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I loved that era Celts.
I was a McHale girl though. Loved the big goofball.
One thing about Larry that I remember is on the downside, if he were cold, he would keep shooting.
McHale and his wife were on their honeymoon the same week my wife and I were, at the same hotel (Hamilton Princess, Bermuda), the last week of June, 82. The Celts had been eliminated in the conference finals by Philly a couple of weeks earlier ("Beat LA").

My wife and I were standing by the elevator doors when McHale and his wife, who came up just above his waist, stood next to us waiting for the doors to open. I was speechless and decided not to bother him. We kept seeing them all week long. At one point, a guy asked me if he was a basketball player. He had no idea, just that he was tall.
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Great posts by everyone. I'll give a couple of my favorite memories. One is when Magic Johnson took off his Laker's jersey, at Bird's number retirement, to reveal a Celtic's jersey on his back! Another was when I went to game, second row, regular season in '86, vs. the Houston Rockets, during the '85-'86 championship season. Larry Bird, close up, measuring and nailing a 3!

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I was a hockey guy with not much interest in hoops.

Larry changed that.

He was ice. An assassin on the court. Not the most athletic, but creative as a mutha and pure skill. Seemed like he got the shot at the end of every close game and he may have missed. Once.

But the best facet of Bird to me was the smack talk. He could get in your head, roll out a sleeping bag, and live in that space as long as he wanted. He was AWESOME.

My favorite was all the smack talk going into the 3 pt challenge. Then he went out and was just Larry being Larry.

We’ve been so blessed in Boston. But what could’ve been if only healthy. Bird. Orr. Neely.
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Everyone should hate Laimbeer. Dennis Rodman was the most likable of the Bad Boys. That's saying something.

Bird was awesome and the Celtics vs Lakers rivalry definitely started the major growth of the NBA. MJ, and really all the stars of the 90s, exploded it, but the Dream Team is what took it to a global level. When the entire world saw that team of HOFs, and Dook Bag Christian Laettner, the world view on basketball changed dramatically for the better.

I was born in 1982 and I can honestly say I can't remember anyone I knew watching the NFL on Sundays once the NBA season started. It was NBA on NBC or get the fuck out. I feel like I was really lucky to be born in the sweet spot of the transition of Bird/Magic to the MJ era.
You double dribbled my gusto!

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Old 05-07-2020, 11:29 AM   #19
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Great posts by everyone. I'll give a couple of my favorite memories. One is when Magic Johnson took off his Laker's jersey, at Bird's number retirement, to reveal a Celtic's jersey on his back! Another was when I went to game, second row, regular season in '86, vs. the Houston Rockets, during the '85-'86 championship season. Larry Bird, close up, measuring and nailing a 3!

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Well said.
I was in basic training during that Houston championship. One of my Drill Seargents was a Houston guy. No hiding my dialect. So he got into razzing me, talking smack before the series. I just grinned and shook my head. I think he liked the back and forth or just tried to do me a solid as I got phone detail in the main office (with a tv on) for games 2 then 4+5. Usually it was 1 night and rotated through the platoon. I was the only MA guy and there wasn’t any Houston guys there so I think he threw me a bone. They weren’t pricks ALL the time.
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I was in basic training during that Houston championship. One of my Drill Seargents was a Houston guy. No hiding my dialect. So he got into razzing me, talking smack before the series. I just grinned and shook my head. I think he liked the back and forth or just tried to do me a solid as I got phone detail in the main office (with a tv on) for games 2 then 4+5. Usually it was 1 night and rotated through the platoon. I was the only MA guy and there wasn’t any Houston guys there so I think he threw me a bone. They weren’t pricks ALL the time.
Ha! I'm glad they did you a solid. Because, there was nothing like watching Bird and Co. win.
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Always respected Larry for the way he stuck by Magic when Magic announced he had HIV. Isiah Thomas went AWOL and Magic thinks he started rumours about him being gay and that's how he got it.

Had not seen this interview before. Larry and Magic on Letterman and Larry talks about when he heard the news about Magic. It was before a game and he was napping and his wife told him he needed to call Magic. Larry said he got a dreaded feeling in the pit of his stomach which he said was the same feeling he got when his dad died. He didn't want to play the game, nothing. As he says in the interview, back then HIV was like a death sentence.

Interesting that Magic told his agent they had to call Larry first, I didn't know they were that close.

https://youtu.be/zRnT6vEbADk?t=489
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With the Jordan doc on Netflix rightfully getting the all the attendion, I was watching some old footage on YouTube of some games back in the 80s to get my sports fix.

Some great footage of Larry Legend in his prime. S**t he was seriously good. I'm sure many posters here were lucky to have seen the Celtics play in the Garden at the time, it must have been great. That rivalry between Bird and Magic was fantastic and it really was the thing that exploded basketball as a sport. I think Larry and Magic grew it significantly and then handed it over to MJ who exploded it.

Fantastic the way Bird and Magic then became good friends. Larry introduced Magic in his HOF induction and gave a great speech. I loved Magic's story of how the ice broke in their relationship when they did the converse Commerical in Larry's home town and Larry invited Magic to his mom's house for lunch and Larry's mom gave Magic a big hug and told him he was her favourite basketball player :rofl:

I then watched Larry's HOF induction, he could barely get the words out as the noise from the fans in the audience was deafening and they kept chanting his name!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6MqhAzg0qk

Any favourite Bird memories out there?
I went to many games back in the 80s and the videos don't do larry justice. He was amazing.
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Old 05-07-2020, 06:28 PM   #23
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Always respected Larry for the way he stuck by Magic when Magic announced he had HIV. Isiah Thomas went AWOL and Magic thinks he started rumours about him being gay and that's how he got it.

Had not seen this interview before. Larry and Magic on Letterman and Larry talks about when he heard the news about Magic. It was before a game and he was napping and his wife told him he needed to call Magic. Larry said he got a dreaded feeling in the pit of his stomach which he said was the same feeling he got when his dad died. He didn't want to play the game, nothing. As he says in the interview, back then HIV was like a death sentence.

Interesting that Magic told his agent they had to call Larry first, I didn't know they were that close.

https://youtu.be/zRnT6vEbADk?t=489
There's good reason asshole Isiah wasn't on the Dream Team. Everyone blames Jordan, but no one wanted him on the team. Ewing, Pippen, and Jordan outright hated the guy. I would be shocked if Magic and Bird didn't feel the same.

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Everyone should hate Laimbeer. Dennis Rodman was the most likable of the Bad Boys. That's saying something.

Bird was awesome and the Celtics vs Lakers rivalry definitely started the major growth of the NBA. MJ, and really all the stars of the 90s, exploded it, but the Dream Team is what took it to a global level. When the entire world saw that team of HOFs, and Dook Bag Christian Laettner, the world view on basketball changed dramatically for the better.

I was born in 1982 and I can honestly say I can't remember anyone I knew watching the NFL on Sundays once the NBA season started. It was NBA on NBC or get the fuck out. I feel like I was really lucky to be born in the sweet spot of the transition of Bird/Magic to the MJ era.
I liked Joe Dumars.
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Bird could see the court like no other player - ever. He worked so hard at his game, but he was the most amazing passer I ever saw. He knew exactly where everyone was and made passes between legs, behind his back, and in ways you couldn't even imagine. I remember multiple times when TV announcers would just be in awe and say "he must have another set of eyes in the back of his head"

He was a handsome fella too.

Larry Legend - my favorite basketball player of all time.
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I remember a game that was headed to halftime. Bird was running down the court, thinking the time was going to run out, so he was headed to the tunnel. Someone threw him the ball just as he was nearing the left corner, and yelled to him that the ball was coming because he had his back to the court. He turned his head, caught the ball, nailed the shot and kept running into the tunnel.
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I'd place him 2nd.
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Bird was the best I ever saw. You can have your Jordans or LeBrons, but Bird was the guy I want with the ball in his hands every time.
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this is so true.

I was lucky to work on a three year construction project and the owners had season tickets. I would get tickets to the game, opposite the opposing teams bench with my beer resting on the hockey boards.

Hell I'm so old I saw Robert Parrish play in the garden before he came to Boston with Purvis Short in 1979
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I was one of the lucky ones who was at the Garden frequently in the 80's, courtesy of business season tickets. We had great seats behind the basket. I can see myself in occasional video clips, I went to probably 20 games a year for years.
Bird was absolutely unreal, and I can tell you firsthand, I was close enough to listen to him trash talking guys. Just brutally hilarious. He wanted that ball, and my favorite part of his game was his passing. The long 3's were always great, and the ones with the game on the line as well, but he could just fake guys out of their jocks with a pass anytime he wanted to.
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this is so true.

I was lucky to work on a three year construction project and the owners had season tickets. I would get tickets to the game, opposite the opposing teams bench with my beer resting on the hockey boards.

Hell I'm so old I saw Robert Parrish play in the garden before he came to Boston with Purvis Short in 1979
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