NBA Legends Explain How CRAZY GOOD Larry Bird Was

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In today's Latest Hoops video we take an in-depth look at NBA legends explaining how CRAZY GOOd Larry Bird was.

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  • In 1974 Larry Bird was my P.E assistant when I was in the 8th grade and he was a senior at Springs Valley High School. At the beginning of each P.E. class we always ran 10 warmup laps around the gym. One day, a trampoline was set up on the basketball court and there was Larry Bird bouncing on it. As the whistle blew and we reluctantly lined up to run our laps, our teacher (who was also Larry's basketball coach) blew his whistle, and said "Larry is going to take 10 shots while jumping on the trampoline. If Larry makes any shots, each one made will delete a lap that you must run." Coach threw the ball to Larry and right there in front of me and the entire boys Jr. High P.E. class, Larry proceeded to hit 7 out of 10 shots while bouncing up and down on the trampoline, 35 feet away from the goal. Larry set an incredible example for me as a young boy in French Lick, Indiana that helped me through my entire adult career. If you are willing to work very hard and never give up, your dreams can and will come true. Thank you Larry.

    • @Josh Oconnor Hi Josh. My pleasure, Thank you!

    • L pop

    • Thanks for sharing that story

    • @Aiveni Mila Thank you Aiveni! :)

    • @MidnightSundowns I completely understand what you're saying but, don't worry about what ANYONE else thinks. It's about YOU following YOUR own dreams. YOU are important, YOU matter. There will be supporters and there will always be haters. Haters hate because they're upset with themselves. Avoid the haters the best you can. If their on social media, block, delete or simply ignore them. Put your time and energy in becoming the best you can be. If you have a specific dream, you must be willing to do your share. Larry Bird said, "A winner is someone who recognizes their God given talents, works their tail off to develop them into skills and uses these skills to accomplish their goals". God put you on this earth because he belives in you. You're awesome Midnight Sundowns. Very cool name by the way.

  • "If I had to choose a player to take a shot to save a game I'd choose Michael Jordan. If I had to choose a player to take a shot to save my life...I'd take Larry Bird." - Pat Riley

    • @Tnb11 Big shot Bob too, but I'd still choose Bird in the end.

    • @Global Top 10’s Yeah, if I had to choose for either it’d be Steph Curry 💯

    • @Global Top 10’s And if you look at the career-leader stats on Basketball Reference, Bird is: 29th for Win Shares 7th for Box Plus/Minus per 48 Minutes 15th for Value Over Replacement Player MJ is 1st, 1st, & 2nd.

    • So if you have bird to save your life then by default you’d also have him to win a game.

    • @Global Top 10’s Mike's the goat you say he has bird in his top 5

  • Larry was slower, but that was by design. The game had been really ramping up in speed and that's how most new players were playing. Larry kept slowing the game down to throw others off their game and make them play his game.

    • He might have been a little slower compared to other basketball players but his high basketball IQ made him a good team defender because he had a great idea what you were trying to do.

    • That is a good way to describe it. He kind of threw them off their momentum.

    • You know anyone who plays the same? Luka.

    • yh its the same for Luka, people who say that larry wouldn’t be good in today nba because of his pace don’t get that jokic and luka are doing the same and they’re really far from larry level

    • Give the man a cookie. :)

  • As a kid, I got the opportunity to go to Celtics training camp. Larry Bird showed me so many pointers. He even gave me a signed jersey. By far my favorite player

    • Best pointer I ever learned from learned from Larry Bird was the three pointer

    • As a kid I got to meet him a few times at his restaurant in Terre Haute, Indiana "The Boston Connection" that's no longer there. I had finished my meal and they had a basketball cage area that I went to miss some shots. Sometime after I had started shooting he snuck up behind he'd been standing there watching me. I turned around after a few minutes and there he was, I was just in shock you know 9-year-old kid gets to meet Larry Bird. Very nice guy though.

    • @VladTheImpaler I'm assuming it was a Celtics training camp not a kids camp run by the Celtics. Either that or Larry just liked this guy better lol

    • Wait how could he give you a jersey and not everybody else?

  • One of my favorite stories about Bird: Late season "home" game against Utah, played in Hartford. (Celts used to play a few games there each year for a while.) Celts were having their way with the Jazz, as they did almost everybody. Celts had ~100 points at the end of the 3rd Qtr. Larry almost had a quadruple-double. I think he needed one more steal for a quadruple-double. Coach KC Jones asked if he wanted to go back in to get one more steal in the 4th quarter. Larry said "No, I have to rest for the playoffs."

    • Any greatest of all time lady bird

    • Larry was all about winning. The only stat that meant anything to him was the W.

    • Larry after the game: "I already did enough damage. Why go for it if we're up by 30?"

  • I read a Larry Bird story recently that had me laughing out loud. The first time Dennis Rodman played against him. Rodman was known as an excellent defensive player and he knew Bird's reputation so he did his best to lock Larry down. During the game Larry kept yelling, "Hey! I'm open! I'm open! Hurry up before they realize there's nobody guarding me!"

    • oh so that kind of trash talk XD lol, "you don't even exist as far as I'm concerned" lmao

    • He also gave magic the nickname tragic

    • @thanksfernuthin It's funny how you both misspelled his name the same way

  • I was fortunate enough to have watched Larry Bird's entire career. He was an amazing shooter and improvisational master. He didn't appear as athletic or as quick as most NBA players, but he could do things on the court that nobody else could. His famous 'trash talking' ability only become known to me after he retired. He has countless videos on ID-tv of NBA players who talk about how good he was. I think this is a testament to his greatness.

    • @Roberto Hernandez When I saw your reply, I went and looked at Bird's and Kobe's stats, just for curiosity. For career stats, Kobe scored 25.0ppg. Bird scored 24.3ppg. Bird was ahead in all other stats, noticeably and with very close to double the rebounds. Bird FG 49%, Kobe 44%. Three points; Bird 37.6%, Kobe 32.9%. Draw your own conclusions.

    • Would you rank him over Kobe?

    • I saw probably 95% of his NBA games, by back yard satellite. I still had no idea about the trash talking either, until just a few years back, when I started watching youtube. I did see him gabbing a few times, especially with Chuck Person, and a few others, but no idea what was said, other than a couple of "F you"s, by reading his lips.

    • Your assessment of Bird is about the most accurate I've seen here. I too, grew up watching Bird and the Celts in the 80's-90's. He was like this everyday average guy: not super fast, not very muscular, lanky -- basically your average farm boy from backwoods Indiana. He didn't look like your typical athlete. But when he stepped onto the court, he routinely fumbled up his opponents, built up his teammates, and blew the minds of NBA commentators with his ridiculous moves. He would hit shots no one else could. He would sneak a steal within a split-second of an opponent lifting their focus. He really was a master of the game, and incredibly fun to watch play. ...And btw, I also never knew about his trash-talking until much later after his playing days. It kind of adds a whole new layer of insight into his playing mentality.

  • I was never a fan of basketball, but growing up in the 70's-80's you would not miss a game if Bird and Magic were playing. They made the game fun to watch.

    • True that ! If you even knew what a sporting event was back then , you knew where and when to be for these games !!

    • 70-90s basketball was phenomenal, so many great teams.

  • I remembered reading an article about Larry in SI that epitomized his greatness and his basketball IQ. He had the ultimate court sense - at any point in time in a game, he could recall where everyone on the court was positioned. This probably could explain his amazing passes and his rebounding when he could not jump.

    • regarding court sense I noticed how he often passed the ball without even looking behind because he remembered the position of his teammates the last time he saw them or where they ought to be I should say if they had kept moving forward...which means there's teamwork at play and trust that your teammates are carrying their own weight and are at the location you need them to be.

    • @Raspberry Rock - Off Grid Cabin Without a doubt, the highest basketball I.Q. this league has ever seen. Bird was so intelligent on the court he made the opposing team look foolish. He did this his entire career and made it look easy.

    • That's really fascinating. I've seen chess players recall the position of every piece on the board at any time in the game from any game they've played. I don't know how they do it. I can't remember what I had for dinner.

  • Still my favorite player. His tenacity and talent was such a joy to watch play.

  • Craziest thing about Bird was that he spent half his career with chronic back pains, whenever he was on the bench he'd be laying on the floor with a back compressor and ointment to dull the pain. He was competing head to head with the greatest players of his era: Drexler, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Laimbeer, Barkley, Olajuwon, Worthy, Wilkins, Dr J, Thomas, Jordan, Kareem, Magic and he'd often get the better of them and he did it without being 100% healthy half of the time, let that sink in

    • larry bird was nerfed

    • @EliteSpartnOPS1 😆

    • I didn't know there was a sink at the door, my bad ill let it in

    • @notinservice Yes, Jordan couldn't beat Bird until Bird retired.

    • Actually before right after or before he got drafted he was playing a softball game and cut or injured one of his fingers real bad and it was actually a concern before the draft because they didnt know if it would heal very well and If it would retain all feeling. Curious to know if it is true or not

  • The desire and determination of Bird was legendary. I think he recieved 67% of all votes for MVP during his career in which he won 3 MVPs and was 2nd 4 times in a 7 year period. He played the last game of one road trip and played the 1st 3 quarters left handed and scored over 20 points left handed b4 finishing the other team off in the 4th quarter. And theres never been a bigger trash talker in the game and he backed up every word

  • The way I remember Bird is that -- at least before back injuries hurt his game late in his career -- he constantly played as if it was the last quarter of game 7 of the NBA championship. With far fewer natural athletic gifts than many NBA stars, his fierce competitiveness was something to behold. I think he had that in common with Jordan, but somehow Bird's opponents remember him fondly and with humor, while many remain respectful, even in awe, of Jordan, but without much affection at all.

  • Larry Bird had an unparalleled basketball IQ. He was a genius on the court.

  • Larry was absolutely amazing!! Great by himself, yes, but was a Team Player also. His behind the back or over the shoulder throws while not looking (being aware of where his teammates are), was simply incredible!! Larry Legend is the perfect name.

  • Larry was a straight savage! Walking into the 3 point contest and asking everyone "so, who is coming in 2nd?" Then went out and won in his warm up jacket

    • @xXRoblox GamerXx - He said the N word while wearing a dress, an afro wig in his Texas-Nigerian accent

    • @Marc3753 Larry Holmes!

    • He played and entire game left handed for the heck of it too

    • It would have been cool if they said that he could lose and that he could come in second instead, and if they actually did beat him. If he really was talking all that shit, then I think he did it because he WANTED people to beat him, and that was his way of him hoping for it and trying to get them to do it.

  • Larry was the epitome of what happens when you have determination + skills+ knowledge and the ability to always care. He ALWAYS CARED. He always played lights out regardless if his body was going along with it or not. Numbers are not everything. Heart, mind and skills. He is definitely top 10...in some of our minds top 5.😉

  • Back in 87, I attended my first NBA game (Celtics against Washington). Larry tied the game on a 3 point buzzer beater in regular time and won it in the 2nd overtime with another 3 pointer

  • Some of my earliest memories as a child are of Larry Bird. Growing up in the Boston area, we all wanted to be him. I’ll always love Larry Legend!

  • Growing up in the 80's I watched every Celtics game. Larry's individual and team play was ballet on the court. You knew in every game they were going to win. It was incredible.

  • The ONLY man in HISTORY that Michael Jordan didn’t have a winning record against. That tells you everything you need to know.

    • @Javaughn Holman just because the Bulls lost the game doesn't mean Jordan didn't destroy Bird and the Celtics. Period. Look up what Bird said after he won. End of story.

    • @Eli Racine WHAT!?! 0-3 nigga huh?!??!

    • @William magic ended him too many times before either of their shortened careers got to that point. You're wrong on that one but he is top 10 guaranteed top 5 debatable

    • @Joesph Hulsey We all know they acknowledged how good Bird was (just like Bird acknowledged his opponents' greatness), but none of those legends ever suggested Larry was 'way better'.

    • @Djo-Dji really they all talk about with fear and respect cuz he did what he said and he said what he was going to do and he did it in their face and yet literally nobody could stop it

  • I love Larry. I was young watching him but I remember it all. He was relentless. Smart. Slow but quick. Quickness was unmatched especially when angry. He dominated

  • Larry was definitely one of the all time greats on the pine. Relentless and never gave up on any game on both ends of the court.

  • I remember watching all these guys in the late 80s and 90s... insane athleticism. Watching the highlights again is just mind blowing how in tune they were with their sport.

  • Bird was a magician on court. He did things that left people astounded and scratching their heads. He is one of the GOATS and should always be celebrated.

  • I remember in high school in Boston. Falling all over the floor of my house trying to figure out how the hell he just did what he did! We were in AWE. And it was happening less than a mile from my house. So fun.

  • The Celtics and Pistons had many memorable playoff series against each other. I am surprised not even a mention of it except a one second mention of Bill Laimbeer. Loved watching Dennis Rodman and Larry Bird go at it. Then Rodman and Jordan.

  • The greatest compliment I can give to Larry Bird is he made me play and love basketball. No other athlete made me want something from any other sport.

  • Larry played Chess when the rest of the league was playing Checkers that's how good he was. He was the best player of his generation and arguably the greatest player of all time.

    • @Jaren - You can argue he was. From 1980 to 1990 Magic and Bird was the best. 90 to 98 Jordan was the best.

    • He wasn’t the best player of his generation 😂

    • I'm not willing to put Larry ahead of Michael. And I grudgingly admit that LeBron is basically a more muscular, more athletic version of Larry. But yeah, Larry did more with less in terms of physical gifts than anyone before or after him, and that is its own greatness.

    • Idk you havent seen me play

    • Agreed.

  • Add to everything else: Larry also lifted the abilities of his team mates to the highest levels. When he was a rookie with the Celtics, his innovative passes were hitting his surprised team mates in the head, etc, when they were not expecting it, and they quickly learned to expect the ball, and to have faith and run because if they got open Larry would pass. It transformed the whole offense into a dazzling, ball-movement jazz band. Larry also lifted the team defensively by his relentless effort, diving for balls, and never-give-up attitude, which was also contagious. Lots of basketball superstars have been great individual players, but Larry was transformational for his team and for the game.

    • I am feeling happy about hearing about Larry

    • thats why sir charles concluded 'but basketball is a team sport...' when talking about Bird, he understands what made Bird better

    • ADD to everything else?! This is where it begins and ends! Basketball is a team sport, and the 86 Celtics were all Bird. He took four decent players and turned them into the greatest team of all time. I don't care how skilled at handling the ball some ball-hogging primadonna is... Bird was next level. He didn't just play the game of basketball, he played the meta-game. He may not be the most athletic, but he is the GREATEST. MJ was the best. He's the BOAT, no doubt. But greatness requires more. MJ bullied his teammates... while Larry elevated his. This hick from French Lick is the GOAT!

    • Facts u normally only see people like Noah or Rodman as the work horses but for someone as talented as bird to put his body on the line day in n out was un heard of.. yeah everyone go hit in that era but Larry did his fair share of damage just taking charges and diving for balls

    • He was a +30 as a Rook

  • I remember being in High School and putting my top 20 on a message board that included Indiana St. near the top. As a Celtics fan I also remember Bird being selected before his senior season. Fond memories for me.

  • Larry is a hole team in one player. He can everything shoot, pass and dunk. Was a pleasure see him playing back in the days✌🏻

  • There was no better player than bird, he and Jordan were the two most clutch and savage winners I have ever seen and if anyone thinks different they never seen him play.

  • Watching him in person was poetry in motion

  • I watched him in his prime. Every game, I saw him make some crazy play that I'd never seen before. I see some of today's NBA players making the no-look behind the head passes, or the step back jumpers, and I just think about how much he has impacted the game to this day. But 80% of what he did on a daily basis nobody else could do. It is a shame he hurt his back and his career was cut short.

    • Giddy might come close, he's 4 years younger than the legend when he was drafted and has the potential

    • Reportedly, he hurt his back while shoveling gravel to build a driveway for his mom in 1985. It’s a shame his back ended his career. He said he would have liked to have played another year or two but his back made it impossible.

  • Absolutely loved this video. THIS is the way I remembered it. He wasn't out there to make friends, to get congeniality awards. It was TCB time. I like that other all stars can give it up to him. Definitely top ten.

  • My dad was a Celtics fan. I was a Lakers fan. What a time we had with Bird as a Celtic and Magic as a Laker. There is/was no greater matchup than Bird and Johnson!

  • If you go back and watch Larry playing, he was always at the right place at the right time on that court. He truly was a basketball genius......

  • You really want to know how legendary Larry Bird was. Listen to every single former Laker.. All of them. They open Tell you. It’s pretty amazing to hear all those players who are hall of farmers, won titles, tell you, Bird was unstoppable. Right down to every former Laker coach. Enough said.

  • Larry once turned to an opposing head coach and asked him if he had anyone that could guard him. The coach looked at the bench and turned to him and said no. Larry was that good in his prime

    • @frame-perfect ad skip a rookie named Dennis Rodman.

    • That coach was Frank Layton- Head Coach of the Utah Jizz.

    • @Zzz Vain Legend!!!

    • @redirish311976 Yeah but he was doing this in a physical era. I'd love to see any of the soft era punks get even 10 points.

    • @Jean-Luc Eyes of Your Eyes He knew , as he's always known since he played pick up games as a teenager with the black waiters at the hotel where he lived, that the black guys were the best basketball players. He also knew he was as good or better than all of them.

  • He is a legend. Should get the recognition he deserves

  • Glad to say I watched him in his prime ! Phenomenal player !

  • Pat Riley said it all! Hard to say when you debate the greatest. But Bird and Magic’s were my favorite to ever grace the game. The skill, the rivalries, the fun. They brought the game to another level.

  • You can't go wrong with Larry Bird...one of the greatest to ever touch a basketball...

  • I’ve been a professional basketball fan since the 70s and the old ABA days and started watching the NBA when Magic and Bird entered the league. Bird is one of the top 5 I have seen and I rate him higher than Steph and LeBron, both of whom are just amazing. Bird is up there with Magic and I have them right behind Kareem and Michael. Better than everyone today.

  • When you watch Larry Bird play, it’s a little like watching your older jock big brother play against you and your friends back when you were only about 9 or 10 years old… except he’s doing it to the best players in the NBA.

  • All I know is that the Dream Team was just something next level. In every competitive sport from then to the present I have never seen so much talent stacked on any one team; and by God did they deliver.

  • Bird wasn’t just great. He was a hard worker. Tenacious. He made up for his lack of physical skills with just making all of his other skills legendary. He played defense well too

  • I love hearing people say Larry was slow. He often rebounded his own missed shots even if he was shooting 15ft away (sometimes I think he planned it), he had a lot of triple doubles and he racked up a lot of steals. Larry had people believing he was slow.

    • @Eric N. You saying Larry Bird was the Greg Maddux of basketball?

    • If something is literally unbelievable and you can't explain what is happening these are the kind of things you have to tell yourself. Shaq never played against him and at first he thought Larry Bird was just lucky. Shaq quickly realized after actually playing in the NBA that he just knew it was pure skill and talent. This is the quagmire that will always exist regarding him because Larry Bird played the game so well it was literally unbelievable.

  • I think that Larry changed the game for ever in the sense that he proved that big men can play facing the basket and from deep - and not just in the post. Dirk, LeBron, and Durant owe him a lot.

  • He was notorious for his trash talk , and he was famous for being able to back up every bit of it. Bird talked the talk, and confidently walked the walk.

  • as a 9 or 10 year old kid in 89 or so when I first got into basketball, I really didn't know how good he was but he was my hero for a while there. Just something epic about that attitude that I picked up on without really understanding how competitive the game is.

  • Love how the old school ballers are humble & respect each other’s game.. nowadays it’s the opposite..

  • They need to update this video with the interview with defensive ace Michael Cooper explaining how Larry told Michael what he was going to do and where he would shoot the three after the time out. And of course, Larry did exactly what he told his defender, Michael Cooper, what he was going to do.

  • Even though his back injury came about midway through his prime, Bird still easily made the hall of fame. He and Magic were the two main players who really brought in the NBA's 20 year golden age. And yes, he was so slow it was comical, but his vision, balance, competitive grit and basketball mind were elite.

  • In the early modern game - Bird, Jordan, Doctor J...I’ll go along with that. Definitely three players who helped define the game. And yes, let’s not forget Sir Charles!

    • Drop Charles add magic

  • Man what a beast. I never realized how great he was other than scoring. Those passes were amazing. Liked subscribed and commented!

  • Celtics won 29 games the year before Bird came. With mostly the same roster, they won over 60 games his rookie year and made it to the ECF where they lost in 7 games to Dr. J. Next year won his first title.

  • One of my favorite trash talking lines he said was when someone asked him if the current Dream Team could beat "The Dream Team" and Bird said something like "maybe, we're all old now"

  • Larry Bird, to me, is the greatest ever. I started following him in his later college years..and became a Celtics fan when he went to them. The man was incredible...just amazing...to watch....I miss him in the game.

  • Ahh, I remember those days, I was a kid at that time and I grew up in Mass, Bird was a hero where I’m from, still is to be honest. You still see people wearing his jersey, he will probably always stand at the top around here regarding the Celtics, we’ve had other good and even great players, but Bird is and will always be king.

  • These guys in that video made growing up in the 80's special! I have very fond memories of thoes times, a lot of these younger players mentioned were on McDonald's playing cards I remember well. One of my favorite 90's memories, my parents went to a party and left me home alone, just turning 11 i thought this was a huge deal, know they would be out late my dad left me a $20 and allowed me to call pizza hut for dinner lol, I think that was the greatest night of my life at that point. Ordering my own pizza hut, staying up late drinking coke, watching the 93 championship game! That was the best personal pan pizza I have ever had in my life!

  • I remember Bird. He was that good. I am a Pistons fan, the Celtics were the enemy back in the day. But I remember Larry retiring because his body had given up on him and I said at the time "I'm gonna miss Larry Bird, he was the best I have seen play". If you were around, you know...

    • You sound just like me. However, I was a Hawks fan. And he ABSOLUTELY destroyed us in the 80's. I hated him like nothing else back then, but today he has 100% respect from me.

    • @Shannon Hondo Gretzky!

    • @AcanSkywalker 56 I'm not sure why this is directed at me. Everything I said in this thread was complimetary to Bird and the Celtics of that era. Yeah, I think highly of Magic, he was great too. But thats not a knock on the Celtics or Larry. As far as Celtic vs Lakers they were in different conferences, so the only time they met in the playoffs was in the finals. In the Larry era of the 1980's the Celtics won 2 championships, the Lakers won 4. Larry wasn't there in the 60's so that's not really part of this discussion.

    • @jppagetoo Yet Bird and the Celtics consistently pummeled Magic and his Lakers right out of the playoffs, what 9 or ten times in a row?

    • @Global Top 10’s yep without a doubt Curry might be the best shot iv ever seen .BUT the best clutch player and clutch shot was Larry Bird hands down.

  • Such an underrated player. I put him in the top 3. It cracks me up when so many people put Magic near the top over Bird, which is asinine. Those two players, while very different are/were extremely easy to compare, because they started together. Birds numbers towered over everyone in college including Magic, then he unanimously gets rookie of the year over magic and it just goes from there. Sure, Magic got more rings, but he had a better team to work with. The Celtics finished dead last the year before Larry joined, then they finished first. In College Larry was on a scrub team that he carried to the finals. Johnson always had a good team around him.... And Bird was astronomically better on defense than Magic. And I'm a Magic fan, but it's extremely easy to recognize that Bird was unarguably on a different level than Magic. The only point being is that Magic is an excellent gauge to determine how good Bird was and to anyone who puts Magic in the top 5 than you have to put Bird ahead of him. No one likes too because he's a white guy, but it's just the hard truth.

  • Larry Bird was a consistent warrior, and you can’t coach what he put out there every game, his drive was unparalleled.

  • Larry is and always will be one on the greatest basketball players of all time,, period!! Enough said!!

  • I was only 5 when the '84 Finals were on, but I remember the excitement of watching those games very vividly. I am from LA but Bird had me rooting for Boston.. he performed at a level that didn't match with his physical abilities and it made my 5 year-old self really look up to him.

    • That’s how I remember Kobe in 2000 when I was five and can first remember watching a finals game on my birthday in June. Have been a fan ever since

  • I was a kid during his prime and he was my favourite. He was talented, cocky and a play maker, but unlike most "hot shots" he was a team player, who elevated the entire team. Your footage of Shaq showed him ignoring two open teammates so he could claim the glory of the dunk. Bird would make his cocky predictions, but he'd just as soon pass the ball if the play was a better one and the team won.

    • @Eric Philen Lol they still can't stand it which is why the Larry debate rages on and on. Most of us agree that MJ is the greatest to ever play and I am sure Larry would agree because he knew how good MJ was going to be before even Mj knew it. Having said that let's take a look at what MJ had to say about how good Larry Bird was...."Larry is a debate and he always will be. People ask me all the time how good is Larry really? You guys just don't get it. Larry Bird is far better than any small forward who has ever played the game"-Michael Jordan. Here's another quote for you "A lot of my black friends would ask me was Larry Bird really that good? I would tell them, Larry Bird is so good it's frightening. When I played, Larry Bird was the only one I feared"-Magic Johnson. This is, in itself, the essence of the Larry Bird debate and why some people won't ever accept or believe it because Larry Bird was so good that it was literally unbelievable.

    • Some fools didn’t like it when the white boy talked shit but he backed it up!

    • As Kareem said in the video, it was the brain. Like Gretzky, a few moves ahead. For Kareem to say that, a brilliant guy, that is serious.

    • When I watch the highlights of all the top NBA players, Bird is the one I personally choose to call the best!

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  • His unconventional release or shooting style helped him with the tough shots ! Another unconventional player with a unique hitting stance and swing in another sport was Pete Rose who would end up with more hits than any another other Baseball player to this day outside of Ty Cobb ! Ohhhh lets see speaking of unconventional styles there was Tim Tebow who won an Heisman trophy only to be told his style would not work in the NFL and to this day I say was a farce and bad advice by so called experts. So he changed his throwing style and went down hill after that.

  • I don’t even watch basketball and I loved this mini documentary. What a legend.

  • As a child of the '80s and a phx suns fan, Larry Bird has my respect. One of my basketball heroes , growing up.

  • The way he passes the ball without catching it was crazy

  • The Bird-Magic rivalry really elevated the NBA. Fierce competitors, best of friends, mutual respect.

  • Over his 3 MVP seasons, he was the best player in the NBA, and there was very little debate about it. During his peak, we grew accustomed to seeing at least one ridiculous Bird highlight on the 11 o'clock news pretty much every night the Celtics played. The fact that it was almost impossible to get him to foul out just compounded the frustration for his opponents. Before his back started going out, it was a very rare occasion that he was not the best player on the floor, with everybody being fully aware of his presence, even when he was on the bench.

  • Larry Bird was so good because he was a tall tremendous shooter, with his high release he also was a tremendous shooter even if you were in his face. He also had a high basketball IQ so you could not zero in on just on his shooting.

  • As many accolades Larry Legend got I never thought he got his true due as a player. If you want to know how good someone is forget the sports talk shows and writers. Ask those who played against them.

  • Larry Bird was always the example of the player that every basketball coach wanted his players to be. He was the player who fit the mold of hard work and talent without the benefit of flamboyance and/or anything else outside of simply being brilliant at showing how to be an outstanding conventional basketball player. Definitely among one of the top 10 ballers of all time!🏀

    • @Twelve Eighteen Official Well said my friend!

    • Reason HS and younger-level coaches hold him up as an example for their kids is because they know not every kid is gifted with physical abilities, but any kid can develop a jump shot if they practice at it hard enough. Any kid can learn the game if they put their mind to it. Kids can find success in hard work in the game of basketball - maybe not Larry level success, but earning themselves a starting spot on their team success.

    • I remember watching a video of Bird. He said that he truly was not a Natural shooter. Blew my mind!

    • he even did not bad as a Manager when he did that for Indiana Pacers. The only team that made the second championship team of Chicago Bulls go to a game 7!

  • Great video, good job. Larry Bird is before my time but I saw a 3 point contest he won and I was blown away, incredible shooting.

  • Growing up I got to watch him. I'm pretty much speechless of what I saw. I honestly think the reason why he didn't hold more records is because he was such a team player. That behind the backboard shot says it all. It didn't count but there wasn't a shot he could not make. It really is a shame he injured his back. And I think he injured it installing a driveway for his mother. You have players today that have assistance that wipe their nose and Larry Bird is installing a driveway for his mom. I really wish there was an individual that could tell the future. I would have asked how many more championships with Larry Bird have won if len bias by didn't die.

    • @Twelve Eighteen Official I think about that lend bias stuff all the time. And if there is truly a god when I go to heaven I am going to ask him how many more NBA championships could the Celtics have won with Len bias being alive. Lol I'm not kidding it's on my ask God questions list.

    • I mean, with his contract, he could have paid someone to put that damn driveway in for her. And yeah, Len Bias would have kept the Celtics relevant long into the 90's.

  • Man that guy was just the best - I remember when Jordan came into the league and Bird just schooled him. Really miss the 80s with Bird, Magic, Isaih.

  • I remember in the early '80s , the rivalry between the Celtics Larry Bird, and the 76ers Dr.J! You always made sure you watched it! Never forget Dr.J and Bird at mid- court with one had each.. around each other's throat! I hated to see that , but they were so competitive and determined to win the series! Never forget those days... miss them dearly!

  • This man captivated my father, who played hs basketball and was offered a partial scholarship at UF in 1970 to play basketball. My father did not miss a single Celtics game as long as #33 played. He had a Celtics jacket hanging in his closet when I was a kid. I would call it the Bird jacket. This guy managed to do what so many failed at. He impressed my Dad.

    • @GROWING STRUGGLE I think you're reading a little too much into things. Troll much?

    • "This guy managed to do what so many failed at, he impressed my dad" Lmao somebody got dem daddy issues.

    • My Dad has also loved Bird as long as I've been alive. I didn't need to watch this video to know how great he was but it was a nice reminder.

    • #33 goats Verstappen and Bird

  • It was great to watch him, I’m very lucky to have grown up when I did.. Mike Tyson, hard hitting football games with real rivalry, Bo Jackson playing 2 sports, I could go on lol..

  • The 2nd '80's Celtics team was totally unbeatable in a series. Ainge, McCale, and Bird would have destroyed 75% of the NBA, 3 on 5.

  • My Grand Mother and Larry's Grand Mother on his Dad's side were sisters. We lived in Kentucky, and I never really knew him except in passing at a couple of family funerals though I always claimed him whenever Basketball conversations came up.

    • I know how that is, I did the same thing with my cousin Hall of Famer Leroy Jordan of the Dallas Cowboys.

    • @Threadbare Phoenix I wasn't claiming any glory for being related to Larry. I'm not much of a basketball fan really. This video or another just showed up on my feed one day. If I'm gonna claim a celebrity with any real pride it's gonna have to be Jesus. I'd say if you asked Larry if he knew of, or remembered anything of me he probably wouldn't. I think to be a second cousin you have to share a great grandparent which would be the case for he and I. Nothing going on there. Anyone who ever watched me play basketball would have been able to confirm that.

    • I feel you. It always amuses me when people automatically assume such stories are make believe, but celebrities GOTTA be related to SOMEbody. The scarecrow from the original Wizard of Oz, Ray Bolger, was my distant cousin on my mom's side. I always tell people who scoff, "Why would I lie to claim someone who, today at least, is utterly obscure? If I were lying I'd claim Stallone or Liotta or someone like that.," There's also the matter that no one who's lying is gonna claim to be related so distantly, a liar will act like they knew the person better than anybody.

  • Larry bird, the man , the myth , the LEGEND! Was my favorite player when I was growing up ....

  • When Bird retired there was a special “recap” of his career on one of the local Boston stations. The closing credits were shown alongside a series of clips of Bird passing the ball to his teammates. 😳 That sequence alone showed how great he was. 🤷🏻

    • During his prime in the golden era of basketball his passing was rivaled only by Magic Johnson.

    • Just a different time. I can't feel that nostalgia looking at Brony, Chinaboy. Shame what the NBA has become.

  • Bird is definitely one of the greats growing up in the eighties and nineties.

  • That behind the backboard shot always was my favorite.

  • Great stories !! with so many great memories or watching the Bird man ! Thanks for being on the Boston Celtics BIRD MAN .. Boston Strong ! 💪🏽

  • Larry was one of the GREATEST I've ever seen. Especially inside the paint. He doesn't get enough credit for that part of his game IMO. Bird was the sh*t!

  • The 1984 NBA Final Celtics vs Lakers is still the greatest most fierce high level competitive event I've ever seen. Absolutely finely tuned super skilled athletes on both teams. Very evenly matched. They had to work for every foot of court. I say without hesitation either of those Teams would mop the floor with any team today, bar none.

    • @PRESIDENT COMACHO You clearly didn't watch Celtics v Bucks in the conference semis this year. That was some old school brawling with a ball.

    • @matt75hooper umm no, they were crazy good, but later teams from the 80's were better

    • @matt75hooper Yes I watched the finals too and I agree, there is no comparison. I will say, however, that Curry is one of the greatest pure shooters I have ever seen and some of those 3 pointers he made were absolutely incredible. Curry is standing right next to my man Bird on my top 5 list.

    • @Arthur Lever Well McHale played on a broken foot. It wasn't a fracture it was broke. Even Bird told him not to play. He played anyway because it was the playoffs and playing was all that mattered to him. Of course, now he doesn't walk to well but it doesn't seem to bother him one bit when he talks about his playing days. Just another example of the toughness and the sheer love of the game the players of this era possessed. Something that is sorely missing from today's game.

    • @Brad Bray To say that the rivalry between these 2 teams and these two players in particular was great and inspiring, may be an understatement. These 2 players were not just great and inspirational, they were transcendent. They changed the way the game was played and would be played well into the future. Not so much now as it has evolved into something a bit different but what these two brought to the sport cannot be measured or quantified with any stat or records. They literally saved the NBA and have allowed the rest of us to continue to enjoy watching this beautiful sport. Bird and Magic are the greatest gift that the NBA and the fans of the NBA have ever received and I am just so glad I was able to watch it all as it was happening. Unbelievable is what it was.

  • Wow, what a great player to watch. I was still so young, but he made a girl like me really enjoy the sport. What cool name to boot. Best shooter and that shot from behind the backboard…EPIC.

  • Bird was amazing... I was a child and recognized this. God Bless him

  • Im not a basketball fan at all but I remember Larry Bird was talked as one of the greats when he was playing. I recently watched the Michael Jordan docu &, even tho I grew up hearing all those names, it was the first time Id really seen footage of those guys play. I was so impressed by Larry Birds passing. He was a fantastic passer of the ball.

  • The way the announced him pre-game was pretty damn awesome too.

  • The key to Birds' greatness is the clutch factor. It's tough for anyone who didn't watch all his games to understand his greatness, because it didn't come packaged in the flashy forms of today - monster leaps and jams (which are great). This guy would steal, defend and hit incredible shots double teamed to tie or go ahead in the last few seconds of numerous games... not all were official buzzer beaters, but many were the death nail to the opponent. In my view Jordan, Magic and Kobe are in his league, but few others.

    • @WingsOfDenino LaBron is a pampered wanna be who is allowed to foul his opponents with his left elbow on every drive. LeBaby didn't even attempt game winning shots until the 5th or 6th year in the league when he knew he'd get a foul called if he missed the,shot. He's a flopper, a stat padder, and a narcissist. Don't ever bring his name into a discussion about better men. Wake up.

    • @Robert Kuhl Ha, yes you're correct. Typing freely without much review. Good catch.

    • Not quite in his league, but pretty close. Bird was the one they all strove to beat. He was the one they truly feared and sometimes hated. Although he'd never admit it, he was the one player that saved the NBA.

    • Nice (but it's death knell, not nail)

    • Lebron Is a more athletic version of magic and better shooter especially when he went to Miami

  • There’s just something magical about 80s and 90s basketball. I miss this era so much.

  • Larry was my favorite and his match ups with magic are what got me to be a Celtics fan.

  • Bird's importance lies in the fact that he proved that, while it HELPS to have fast-twitch dominant muscles for quickness, speed and jumping ability, it is not absolutely essential. He was MR. SLOW TWITCH, but he compensated for it with his otherworldly coordination, his superhuman spatial awareness and intuitive understanding of the physics of the game. In effect, he was able to solve multivariate differential equations in his head in real time. That's a skill that few possess.