WAINAO N°38 - ALL THAT FLY IS NOT A BIRD
WHY NOW? BECAUSE LARRY BIRD, IS STILL THE GREATEST SMALL FORWARD EVER. ANALYTICS ARE SO OVERWHELMING TODAY THAT PEOPLE TRY TO DETERMINE WHO'S THE BEST PLAYER JUST LOOKING AT A SCREEN WITH A BUNCH OF NUMBERS .
Larry is often compared to lebron james for that title. The main argument for lebron is based on stats.
That day, By refusing to go get a record that was up for the taking, larry proved that he Could easily have had better stats and more records but he wanted to win games and championships...not stat battles.
Nevertheless, knowing the fact that bron' was been blessed with way more natural gifts.... and they still have basically the same stats. Larry wins that battle too..
“GREATNESS is not measured by stats…..in fact, real greatness starts when you become way better than your stats."
“ The greatest small forward ever was a white dude who could barely jump, was slow as fuck but still gave the business to everybody! that tells you how good he was ....and when the game was close....”
FEBRUARY 14, 1985: BOSTON beats UTAH, and Larry BIRD, the small forward of the celtics 30pts, 10asts, 12rbs, 9 stls in 3 quarters, refuses to come back to play the 4th even if he could have done an historic QUADRUPLE DOUBLE.
Larry Joe Bird is a former American professional basketball. He has been described as one of the greatest basketball players and greatest shooters of all time. He’s arguably the best small forward of all time. Bird was part of the NBA's most formidable frontcourts that included , Robert Parish and Kevin Mchale.
Bird received a scholarship to play college basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers in 1974. he dropped out of school After a month. He came from a small town named french lick and the campus, was just too big for him. He returned to French Lick, worked municipal jobs for a year before enrolling at Indiana State University in 1975. He helped his high school to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history with a 33-0 record where they played the 1979 championship game against Earvin johnson’ Michigan State. It was the first time the two star players would face each other in a head-to-head battle, and it began a friendship and rivalry that would span both players' careers.
Bird was selected 6th by the Boston Celtics in the 1978 NBA draft and immediately transformed the Celtics into a title contender, helping them improve their win total by 32 games from the year before he was drafted . He averaged 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per game for the season. Bird was named MVP of the 1983–84 season with averages of 24.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. Avenging their loss from the year, the celtics beat the Bucks, and advance to the Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Boston won the series in seven. Bird was named Finals MVP behind 27.4 points, 14 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.
In the summer of 1985, Larry injured his back shoveling crushed rock to create a driveway at his mother's house. At least partially as a result of this, he experienced back problems for the remainder of his career.
The following year, which saw Boston win its 16th championship, Bird He was NBA MVP, Finals MVP, He led the league in three-pointers made (82) and in free throw percentage (.896), an unheard-of accomplishment for a forward. He placed in the top 10 in three other categories. He even won the first-ever three-point shooting competition at the NBA All-Star Weekend. The Celtics finished the 1985-86 season with a 67-15 record; their best under Bird. In the NBA Finals against Houston, Bird nearly averaged a triple-double (24.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 9.5 apg). In the decisive Game 6 Bird tallied 29 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. He earned a second Finals MVP Award. Bird, Wilt and Russell are the only players in NBA history to three-peat. The next year He became the first player ever to shoot 50-40-90.
Bird in 1987 advanced to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year, meeting the Lakers for the third time. But Los Angeles won the series in six games. Bird, now 30 years old and with worsening back condition and foot problems as well, would not win a fourth championship ring. But his legend goes way beyond stats. The fear he created for his opponents was the real measure of his greatness.
He had an unlimited confidence in himself and backed up every single thing he said.
There thousands of stories about him. Reggie Miller, In his book, talks about the time he made an effort to distract Larry Bird, who was shooting free throws down the stretch. Bird told Miller, “Rook, I am the best fucking shooter in the league. In the league, understand? And you’re up here trying to fucking tell me something?” And, of course, Larry made both.
An other time against the Dallas Mavericks, Bird walked over to mavericks bench after a timeout and told them "I’m gonna stand right here. I’m not going to move. They’ll pass me the ball, and the next sound you hear will be the ball hitting the bottom of the net.” And that is exactly what happened.
Larry Bird was scared of no oneDuring his years with the Detroit Pistons, Rodman recalls a time when Bird made four straight baskets on him and walked over to Pistons head coach Chuck Daly. “Who’s guarding me, Chuck? Is anyone guarding me? You better get someone on me or I’m gonna go for 60.” , Larry continued the trash talk. Rodman recalls, “I would be all over him, trying to deny him the ball, and all Larry was doing was yelling at his teammates, 'I’m open! Hurry up before they notice nobody is guarding me!'” After knocking down another jumper on Rodman, Bird went over to Daly again, saying, “Coach, you better get this guy out and send in somebody who’s going to D me up because it's too easy when I’m wide open like this.”
Larry was so great that one day he challenged himself to played the majority of the game against Portland left-handed. Bill Walton remembers this time when Bird he said, 'Tomorrow night’s the last game of the trip, I’m going to play this one left-handed, at least through three quarters.'”the Celtics forward ended up with 47 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
Stats can’t describe the level of dominance of great players. Mr Bird didn’t care about records as much as winning.