Originally written on PRO HOOPS CENTRAL  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Next spring, will mark 21-years since Larry Bird last played in an NBA contest. After bringing “Celtics Pride” back to Boston, while he and his friend and rival Magic Johnson, veritably saved the Association; the small forward’s career did not end the way that he had envisioned in his dreams. His body had betrayed him, his game was no longer consistent and his role on the team had gown hazy; unlike past campaigns, when he was the leader of the squad without question. Bird had missed a chunk of games in last couple of months of the regular season; with back problems that would later have to be surgically corrected. While he was sidelined, a young player named Reggie Lewis, took advantage of the extra playing time and quickly became the “go-to guy” on the court. The team was comfortable with the new system in place, with the offense running through Lewis; which showed up on the scoreboard at the completion of another Boston victory. Larry’s back problems subsided and he was ready to r...
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