NBA white guy of the day Larry Bird
In honor of the Celtics absolutely blowing me last night on a parley, NBA white guy of the day Larry Bird.
Now I think people need to understand this guy was a killer. A stone cold Killer. The best players in the history of the sport still put this guy on their starting 5. Larry Bird was the opposite of Magic Johnson in the 80’s. Michael Jordan was around then still averaging 30 a night but he still wasn’t what Larry Bird was just yet. Larry Bird was on a starting 5 that would be historic with Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and even Danny Ainge was on those teams.
In the beginning most people know this guy came from Indiana. West Baden Springs Indiana to be exact, I’m sure it sucks, and eventually moved to French Lick Indiana, I think the most made up name place of all time. He was an absolute stud, as you would expect in high school going to Spring Valley. He averaged 31 points, 21 rebounds, and 4 assists. Ridiculous in high school. Of course being from Indiana he went to Indiana University to continue his playing career.
He had alot of shit going on in his personal life at the time. His dad actually committed suicide when he was in highschool so he just couldn’t handle it at the big campus. He messed around at a small college before enrolling at Indiana state where you will all remember him going.
Always loved this picture. That is the start of a very fun looking porn I’m sure. He was the first Carmello taking his team to the NCAA championship with I’m sure no one else on the team. This tourney started the love/hate relationship that Bird had with Magic Johnson meeting them in the Finals. Magic got the best of him in this one winning 75-64. Larry won college player of the year that year. He actually played a game of baseball in college too going 1-2 with 2 rbi’s. He is 6’9″. That would have been a treat to see. He ended his college career averaging 30.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game and after 3 years went to the NBA.
Mr. Bird was drafted in 1978. He actually had the balls to go back to college to finish out his senior year after he got drafted. He told the owner of the Celtics if he didn’t pay him he would just enter the draft the next year. So for his senior year of college he got paid over $3 million dollars before he even joined the team. Ballsy.
If you don’t know about the legend of him playing just know he is top ten ever to play. He ended up getting 3 rings, he was MVP of the league 3 years in a row, 12 time all star. The battles in the playoffs he had were legendary to anyone that isn’t a Millenial. I’m sure most young kids don’t have a clue really about how big of a stud this guy was. Here are some fun stories about bird:
In 1987, the Chicago Bulls had gaffed Bird’s complimentary tickets. Prior to tip-off, Bird confronted Bulls coach Doug Collins on the sideline, informed Collins about the ticket situation, and asked him what the visitor scoring record was, vowing to break it. As the game started, the Bulls defended Bird with Ben Poquette, a Caucasian forward. Bird, who was known to take insult when an opposing team put a white player on him, laughed at Collins, “Ben Poquette? Are you fucking kidding me?” Bird had 33 at the half and ended up scoring 41 points.
Late in a tied game against the Seattle SuperSonics, Bird told SuperSonics forward Xavier McDaniel, who was guarding him, “I’m going to get [the ball] right here and I am going to bury it in your face.” As McDaniel remembers it, he responded by saying, “I know, I’ll be waiting.” After a timeout, Bird made two baseline cuts, then posted in the exact spot he had indicated to McDaniel, paused, turned, and made it in his face. He finished up the sequence by telling McDaniel, “I didn’t mean to leave two seconds on the clock.”
Before the inaugural Three-Point Shootout during NBA All-Star Weekend 1986, Bird entered the locker room, looked around without saying a word, then finally said, “I want all of you to know I am winning this thing. I’m just looking around to see who’s gonna finish up second.” Bird went on to defeat Craig Hodges of the Milwaukee Bucks in the finals to win his first of three consecutive Three-Point Shootout championships, a record that he currently shares with Hodges.
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