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Old 05-07-2020, 05:49 AM   #1
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Larry Bird

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?

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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 put 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 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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Nice. It was such a shame alright that he injured his back doing something so simple like a bit of DIY for his mom.

he still has the skills. I remember a couple of years ago I think it was reding how the Pacer payers were flabbergasted when they had a shooting comp with Larry and he nailed 15 in a row and walked off the court like nothing had happened!
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He was the guy that wanted the ball when everything was on the line. Some of my favorite moments was when he’d put up a three and start running down the court while it was still arcing. Complete confidence.


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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.

DITTO EVERY SINGLE WORD.

Bird talked the talk and walked the walk.
My 2nd fav was the duel he had with Dominique Wilkins - damn that was a show. Here's a small part of that game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0lEIJaHhZ0


His battles with Laimbeer were epic, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJDYx2M_wFY


Great, great player that kids today don't appreciate bc they didn't witness his brilliance.
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Old 05-07-2020, 07:45 AM   #6
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He really hated Laimbeer and it was genuine hate. He even said it in an interview years later that Laimbeer was just an outright dirty player and described what he used to do when players were taking jump shots. He'd move his feet below theirs to try and damage their ankles as much as possible when they landed back down, Bird said he did this on Parish multiple times. He contrasted Laimbeer with Mahorn who he said was tough and would hurt you but didn't purposely go put to maim you.

It's understandable then why Parish went after him that time after what seemed a fairly innocuous challenge.
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He really hated Laimbeer and it was genuine hate. He even said it in an interview years later that Laimbeer was just an outright dirty player and described what he used to do when players were taking jump shots. He'd move his feet below theirs to try and damage their ankles as much as possible when they landed back down, Bird said he did this on Parish multiple times. He contrasted Laimbeer with Mahorn who he said was tough and would hurt you but didn't purposely go put to maim you.

It's understandable then why Parish went after him that time after what seemed a fairly innocuous challenge.
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.
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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.
The NBA was near extinction in the late 70's. There was little interest from the general public. Magic and Bird are generally credited with saving the NBA. Don't forget that their rivalry started in college (they faced each other in the '80 NCAA Final) and circumstances were fortunate to have them go to the 2 premier NBA franchises. Throw in the Sixers of the 80's with Doc and the league reached started peaking and was pushed higher by MJ later in the decade and into the 90's

The sport has never been the same since. I don't like today's game.
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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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The NBA was near extinction in the late 70's. There was little interest from the general public. Magic and Bird are generally credited with saving the NBA. Don't forget that their rivalry started in college (they faced each other in the '80 NCAA Final) and circumstances were fortunate to have them go to the 2 premier NBA franchises. Throw in the Sixers of the 80's with Doc and the league reached started peaking and was pushed higher by MJ later in the decade and into the 90's

The sport has never been the same since. I don't like today's game.
I still love the NBA, but I don't like as many players like I used to. In the 90s, I loved watching a ton of guys who weren't on my favorite team. Not so much now. Now it's Kawhi, Giannis, and Steph and Klay. Couldn't care less about the other stars of today's game that aren't on the Pacers. In the 90s, I had to watch David Robinson, MJ, Pippen, Rice, Iverson, Rodman, Shaq, Webber, Hakeem, Dikembe, Barkley, Malone/Stockton, Mourning, Ewing, Kobe, Payton, Hardaway, and I could go on.
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Nice. It was such a shame alright that he injured his back doing something so simple like a bit of DIY for his mom.

he still has the skills. I remember a couple of years ago I think it was reding how the Pacer payers were flabbergasted when they had a shooting comp with Larry and he nailed 15 in a row and walked off the court like nothing had happened!
I remember against the Nuggets he was one steal away from a quadruple double and didn't insist on staying in at the end to get that last steal.
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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.
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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.
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