Found May 23, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Larry Bird
TEAMS: Indiana Pacers
Larry Bird called the Indiana Pacers soft. Players agreed with their team president.

Larry Bird says the Pacers played ‘S-O-F-T’ in Game 5

The Pacers got smacked (literally) by the Heat in Game 5 on Tuesday, and Larry Bird was far from pleased about it. After witnessing the effort the Pacers displayed in their 32-point evisceration, the NBA’s Executive of the Year felt he needed to call his team O-U-T. Here’s what the typically reticent Bird said according to the Indy Star’s Mike Wells, sponsored by Scripps: “I...

Larry Bird called the Pacers “soft” after their Game 5 loss

If you’re a Pacers fan, last night was not a good night. The Heat just completely dominated the Pacers from the opening tip. The Pacers’ performance was so bad that Larry Bird, who rarely says anything good or bad publicly about the team, ripped their performance to the Indianapolis Star’s, Mike Wells. “I can’t believe my team went soft,” Bird said on the phone. “S...

Larry Bird Thinks Pacers 'Went Soft,' But Heat Went Hard to an Unacceptable Degree

PHILADELPHIA -- Larry Bird thought his Indiana Pacers "went soft" in Game 5 against the Pacers, and if that was the way he felt, then that was probably the way it was. Here is the part where I don't try to argue with a three-time MVP, 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer. Perhaps the Pacers did go soft against the Heat, who blew open a close game with an extended run...

Larry Bird Rips Pacers, Says He Can't Believe They 'Went Soft' in Game 5 Loss Against Heat

The Indiana Pacers are on the brink of elimination after getting run out of the gym in Game 5 against the Miami Heat. The Pacers were beaten up and beat down by the Heat, who now take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 which will be played Thursday night in Indiana. Pacers president Larry Bird will be hoping for a better effort from his team in that one, a much better effort to say the...

Larry Bird calls the Pacers SOFT

The reinging NBA executive of the year – who also happens to be a former coach of the year and an NBA legend – Larry Bird thinks his team is SOFT! The Pacers were up on the Heat 2-1 but the last two games the Miami Heat has taken control with LeBron having the ultimate [...]

Bird Calls Pacers Soft After Loss To Miami

Larry Bird criticized the Pacers for being "soft" in Game 5 against Miami.

Larry Bird can spell "Soft", S-O-F-T

Take a chill pill on the vocabulary, Larry Legend. If David Stern hears that type of foul language about a small town NBA team one more time, expect to hear announcers from the league start calling your team the Pacers of Seattle or Pittsburgh. Isn't Tyler Hansbrough the only white guy on the team? No way in hell can a team that goes 8 black men deep playing basketball be...

Starting 5: Heat win a slug-fest & Larry Bird doesn't like it one bit

Every morning, we'll give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day. 1:  Miami takes Game 5... The Miami Heat turned a relatively close first half into a monster blowout in the second as they took control of their series with the Pacers last night.  The Pacers didn't look like the tough squad that was going to give Miami a run for its money...

Listen To The Legend, Pacers

When the Pacers got their balls stuffed back in their faces on Tuesday night against the Heat, what choice did Larry Bird really have other then to call his team soft? After Indiana had been physically intimidating all series long, and seemed to play with a chip on their shoulder, they backed down in the most important game of the series once Miami pushed back. Larry Legend has...

Heat-Pacers Preview

Larry Bird called the Indiana Pacers soft. His team agreed. LeBron James thought otherwise. Bird told The Indianapolis Star early Wednesday that he ''can't believe my team went soft'' after the Pacers were beaten 115-83 in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night against the Miami Heat. Miami leads the series 3-2, with Game 6 on Thursday...

Pacers weren't soft, they were scared

While America waits for LeBron James to close out the Pacers with a "clutch" last-second shot, Larry Bird fears James finished the Pacers in the first three quarters of Game 4. That is not a typographical error. Yes, Bird, the Pacers' president, called out his team for being "soft" in the aftermath of the Heat's 32-point, flagrant-foul-stamped bullying...

Kevin Garnett's 'Fair-Weather Fans' Comment Injects More Intensity Into Celtics-Sixers Rivalry

This suddenly became a real Celtics-Sixers series. For five grueling games, the two old rival franchises have traded blows in the Eastern Conference semifinals, neither team winning consecutive games and both teams scoring emotional wins on the road. The physical nature of the series has contrasted sharply with the run-and-gun styles of the two semifinal series out West. Close games...
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