Found August 17, 2012 on
This still bums me out.
I’m so happy Larry Bird doesn’t play today. Somehow, some way, people would over-analyze him, overreact to him, and over-emphasize things that aren’t important about him.
The back injury that ultimately shortened his career? He hurt it putting up a retaining wall at his Indiana home… when he easily could have paid someone.
He broke his hand during a bar fight in the middle of a playoff run… but the story got swept under the rug.
How would Twitter react to that today?
Larry Bird wasn’t a perfect person. He could be a stubborn prick who sometimes rubbed his teammates the wrong way. No one… NO ONE… talked more trash than him on the court. But man, he had every reason to back it up.
I get to appreciate Larry Bird in a way that no stars can be appreciated today. I get to look back on Larry’s career and just bask in the glory that was his career on the court. My enjoyment isn’t marred by some extraneous BS.
Larry was a basketball player. That’s it.
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The fans never wanted him to leave, but Larry Bird's back would no longer allow him to play with the same zeal he had for more than a decade. So 20 years ago Saturday, Bird announced his retirement after 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics. Bird took with him three NBA championship rings, three Most Valuable Player trophies and numerous other honors, including 12 All-Star games...
Larry Bird retired on August 18,1992 and as Magic Johnson said when Larry's number was retired, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird. I wrote my tribute to Larry on August 2. Lex had several great articles written by the great Bob Ryan about Larry here, here, here, here, here, and here. Grampa Celtic sure does love Larry.
I know there will be many more tributes and...
Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird came into his own in the 1983-’84 season.
The fourth best team in Boston Celtics’ history was the 1983-’84 team. This squad was coming off a devastating loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the postseason the year before with a very talented roster. They had too many players who filled similar roles. President Red Auerbach signed guard Danny Ainge...
The Dream Team.
The greatest team ever assembled.
A collection of some of the greatest players to ever play the game.
….. and Christian Laettner.
Well, the Dookie can finally get some burn for the Dream Team… if you get the new NBA 2K13 game. Yep, you can start Laettner if you want… you can turn the fatigue off, turn the difficulty way down, and drop a hundred on some poor...