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Larry Bird still capable of draining 15 jumpers… in a row

Chuck - Red's Army July 23, 2013 Around the NBA, Larry Bird 13 Comments

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In a recent interview with SLAM Online, Pacers star Paul George offered this story about Larry Bird:

SLAM: I believe you had talked about seeing Larry shoot in the gym.

PG: He picked a ball up that had rolled over. He rolled up his sleeves and made about 15 in a row and just walked out like nothing just happened. It was the craziest thing I’ve seen.

SLAM: How did you and the rest of the team react?

PG: We were speechless. We didn’t know whether to keep shooting or just to end practice. It was sweet, man.

Once a lethal shooter, always a lethal shooter. Even when you’re 56-years old and in bad shape.

With all due respect to Russ, Big O, MJ, Magic and LeBron, I firmly believe there’s never been a better basketball player than Larry Bird. Some guys were better athletes, won more titles and sustained excellence longer, but what Bird achieved from 1983 – 1988 is unrivaled. He never quit on his teammates to pursue baseball or fled town to partner up with his buddies. He gave everything to the Boston Celtics.

Legend.

(h/t Pro Basketball Talk)

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  • Aye Run

    It is an interesting question. What pissed me off was his getting in a barroom fight, injuring his hand, and compromising our chances for a repeat in 85.

  • wil

    When i see Larry Bird play i dont see a superstar. I see him as the guy who invented basketball. Basketball genius in every way.

  • Curt Hays

    Amen, Chuck. Larry Bird: GOAT

  • adam

    and if he didn’t insist on building his mother a driveway he might have won 1 more and not have a horrid back.

  • KGino

    He was not the most talented player… But he certainly was the most skilled.

  • RedsLoveChild

    1983-1988?

    I`d say Bird`s greatness was on full display starting from the moment of his NBA debut in 1979, right through until 1988. Guys like Bird never really experience “rookie-ness”.

    • chuckmckenney

      You are right, but his stats during that span are ridiculous.

      • RedsLoveChild

        All one really needs to know about Bird is this :

        -The Celts won 29 games the year before Bird arrived
        -The Celts won 61 games in Bird`s rookie season
        -Bird was the ONLY real change in the roster!

        Maxwell, Archibald, Ford, Cowens were in the top 5, amongst Celtics, in Minutes Played in BOTH seasons.

  • Frank Aziza

    Think of where he took a college team that had the talent of a high school team. If u put him on last years 8th seed the bucks( in his prime) that team probably makes the NBA finals.

  • MJG

    1- Bill Russell
    2- Wilt Chamberlain
    3- Lew Alcindor
    everyone else

    • jrleftfoot

      I`m with you on Russell

  • Sean Donnelly

    “With all due respect to Russ, Big O, MJ, Magic and LeBron, I firmly believe there’s never been a better basketball player than Larry Bird. Some guys were better athletes, won more titles and sustained excellence longer, but what Bird achieved from 1983 – 1988 is unrivaled.”
    Well said. Some might consider a few others to have had a better overall career due to Bird’s having been hindered and cut short by injuries, but nobody ever played the game of basketball better than Larry Bird did at the peak of his career. That’s no knock against anyone else – Bird was just so good at that time that the best anyone could really ever hope to do is to maybe be as good – but it’s not really possible to be better than he was during those years.

  • Chester

    He was and is still the best basketball player of all time. Really appreciate how he played the game, unmatched gifted mind for basketball. Not because im a Larry Bird fan. I myself was the best in our school during my peak in basketball, i played PG and can play small forward. I was the youngest basketball player in our school team. What i’m trying to say here is, even if my game style was not like Bird’s, he is still the guy that i admired the most, meaning, i could have liked Jordan or Magic but no, its still Bird for me because i really think that he played better than any of them.