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All-Star flashback: Larry Bird wins MVP in 1982

“Fan Friday” is taking a break for all-star weekend along with the rest of the NBA, so in it’s place I’ve got some classic Celtics/All-Star Game highlights. The year was 1982. The NBA’s best suited up for the league’s annual All-Star Game at Brendan Byrne Arena in E. Rutherford, New Jersey.

For the West, you had Gervin, Gus Williams, Kareem, Dantley & Ronnie Shelton in the starting lineup. The East had Celtics Bird & Archibald, along with Dr. J, Isiah & Artis Gilmore. Behind Bird’s 19 points, 12 rebounds & 5 assists, the East pulled out a 120-118 victory. Bird was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, and teammate Robert Parish could have easily been voted co-MVP. The Chief put in 21 points and grabbed 7 boards during his 20 minutes off the bench. Enjoy highlights of the game courtesy of YouTube user BasketballJones48021:

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  • eddysamson

    wait the highlight vid was 43 minutes? thats insane

    • KWAPT

      Yeah it’s fantastic-you get almost the entire game. (Game starts at 3:00 mark)

  • dk

    love at the beginning of the game (at the approx 2 min mark) when Russell says he had to coach one of the All-Star games, because Red got thrown out of the game!

  • zippittyay

    Who’s the guy behind Bird?