Only you will know if you did your best to grab a loose ball, or stop your man from scoring. But I still get a kick out of winning basketball games and that's what I'm in this for. It makes me sick when I see a guy just stare at a loose ball and watch it go out of bounds. Larry Bird, 32. These quotes said during the course of his playing career come from a 2015 retrospective Sports Illustrated article on Bird by Jack McCallum. In 1980, he was the head coach of the U.S. Olympic mens basketball team that unfortunately stayed home from the Moscow Olympics due to a political boycott. Bird tipped the defensive rebound of a missed potential-tying drive by Cliff Levingston to DJ, who dribbled out the final seconds of a gutsy 102-100 win. I knew I was as good as anybody. Can Luke Kornet be the first center off the bench? Strength is not nearly as important as desire. Boston is unlikely to use the $17.1M TPE before it expires, but they could fill some needs if they did, Celtics PRIDE podcast: the dog days of summer, Don Nelson: Hes the best player ever to play the game., Ive always considered Oscar Robertson to be the best player in the game, said fellow Hoosier legend John Wooden. Just before halftime James Worthy took a hard foul from Greg Kite and punched Kite, the unlikely hero of the Game 3 Celtic win, but was not ejected. It made my skin tingle. Larry Bird, 47. And I never learned anything by losing. Larry Bird, 41. Bird psyched out his assembled opposition by entering the locker room and asking, who in here is finishing second?. And they can tell when youre not giving it all youve got. Larry Bird, 35. It's been a journey, the NBA. There is no telling what's said off the record, heat of the battle. Nelson, a far-thinking hoops maven, then answered Killilea with a line for the ages. This muscle here (he pointed to his brain) was his greatest. You are watching what greatness is all about, said CBS play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger as Bird strode proudly to the bench after making the last shot. He was the first player to earn more than $5 million! That's not really bragging; it's just that I'd put the time in.

Dont you have anyone on this team who can guard me?, Bird asked Layden during a deadball situation along the sideline. It's the storytelling. He coached Providence, led by future Celtics Ernie DiGregorio, Marvin Barnes and Kevin Stacom, to the 1973 Final Four. Whats better? His salary for the 91-92 season was actually $7,070,000. I think it's good for a fan base because as we all know the majority of the fans are white America. When I got done with that press conference, I walked out of there and I go, "Well, now I'm just a normal citizen. The nature of competition is such that any number of people invariably have their eyes on the same prize you do. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. Once I heard that Larry could win 10 grand just for shooting three-pointers all afternoon, I knew it was over.. But several missed calls and a tiring short-handed team helped LA rally. As loquacious Blazer/Laker big man Mychal Thompson once said, There are three rules in life - death, having to pay taxes and whatever you do on the basketball court, dont make Larry Bird mad.. It's not exciting. I wasn't real quick, and I wasn't real strong. Basketball has been my life and I worked at it so hard because I enjoyed it so much. My son was listening to that and I was like, What is that junk? Then I started listening and I thought, You know, that kid is pretty good. His succinct reply spoke volumes about Birds basketball greatness, and his unique ability to maximize the on-court value of his teammates, while showing how keen Nellies basketball intellect was. Dogs or broomsticks? In the Celtic locker room after a big late 1980s playoff win, Bill Russell was interviewing Bird for WTBS television while Red Auerbach stood between the 69 superstars who spanned Celtic dynasties from 1956-92 as all-time NBA greats. When I go to the line I'm thinking 'All net.' One of the greatest things in life for me was to be able to play what I loved dearly and get paid for it. Eminem. The more you win, the better youre gonna get. Players will see right through a phony. Players will see right through a phony. I think a lot of blue-collar people related to me because a lot of people work for their money. Larry Bird, 40. Boston needs a big, and Howard needs one final shot at a championship. Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball. If you were a fan of basketball in the 90s, you know the player Larry Bird was on the court. He was referring to the mano a mano shootout in the fourth quarter in Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern semifinals, won by Boston 118-116. Hours later, deep into the championship-clinching night, the reticent Bird finally turned to teammate Quinn Buckner and confided in him. Im a firm believer that you play the way you practice. Larry Bird, 54. I wanted to compete at the highest level again - and that's the NBA. You know when I played, you had me and Kevin (McHale) and some others throughout the league. Admitting years later he still has nightmares about not forcing Johnson left to the baseline, McHale allowed the Laker guard to drive right into the lane, where his running hook gave LA a 107-106 lead with just two seconds left. Yet Evans gave the ball to LA. Because of their unprecedented spate of injuries, the team had to pick up some relatively unknown players to fill out the roster like Conner Henry and Darren Daye, or depend on little-used reserves like Sam Vincent and Greg Kite. Gavitt wiped his right eye briefly, then turned the podium over to Red Auerbach before walking away to sit by Larry, who was wearing a red, white and black shirt with no tie, of course. I was always making decisions and they were easier decisions because I had control of the game, I had control of the ball. I knew he was a good shooter, but I did not know how great. It was the purest form of basketball you ever saw, said Kevin McHale.

My teammates pumped me up, they didnt think I could do it., That check has had my name on it for a week, he said in the winners circle. I think its a gift. Larry smiled briefly and shook Gavitts hand warmly as Auerbach took the microphone. I make 110% of my shots. In Game 7, Bird started out slowly, but then cocky Kevin Willis made the colossal mistake of telling Wilkins, He cant guard you, referring to Bird within Larrys earshot midway through the second half. All rights reserved. Jabbar was fouled, hit the first free throw and missed the second. I like being by myself. Larry Bird, 38. That was my mentality, and it stuck with me all the way through my career.

When I was a kid, like 14 or 15, I played with the waiters from the hotel, cause that was the best game. Thomas proceeded to bury himself at the press conference and again that night in a halftime interview on CBS with Brent Musburger. Larry Bird is an eminent American executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA), a former professional basketball player and coach. Don't let losing make you quit. First they swept the Jordan Bulls, then nearly blew a 3-1 lead before rallying late to escape an upset bid by Milwaukee in seven games.

Guys like Larry Bird -- he played so hard, he wants everybody else to play hard. I make 110% of my shots. Larry Bird, 4. It doesnt matter who scores the points, its who can get the ball to the scorer. Larry Bird, 39. Also in the same post-game celebration, Brent Musburger asked Larry the burning question. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals. Larry Bird, 5. You've got to keep pushing. That's not unreasonable. The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me. Larry Bird, 22. And I never learned anything by losing. You can make all the excuses you want, but if youre not mentally tough and youre not prepared to play every night, youre not going to win. Larry Bird, 12. I kinda know these things. Larry Bird, 37. When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball. Larry Bird, 24. And they were black guys. The key to being a good shooter is balance. Larry missed his first shot, then nailed 11 treys in a row to win going away, 24-12. Some guys will just take off and it's like, whoa. Boston led 56-51 at halftime despite three-point plays by Bird and McHale incredibly being disallowed by terrible calls.

When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. You've got four guys out there on your team, and five from the other team, and some people on the bench, and you look up and the place is packed, and all you are trying to do is make that ball go through the hole. The more you win, the better you're gonna get. Larry buckled down and practiced on the racks, not taking his eye off the rim when he went to grab the balls. I think a lot of blue collar people related to me because a lot of people work for their money. Larry Bird won many awards during his time in the NBA and is also thought to be one of the greatest players of all time. Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. 1. It bothers me that Musburgers quote about Bird is often misused to describe or voice-over other events in sports history as TV sports take artistic liberties/play fast and loose with reality, often misrepresenting what happened in revisionist highlight films. Recognize your assets and employ them to the best of your ability. Larry drilled nine of 10 shots in the fourth period, including a back-breaking triple late in the game, to overcome a 47-point outing from Wilkins with 20 of his own in the decisive quarter. The best player I ever played with was Dennis Johnson. Larry Bird, 25. He then caught himself and admitted, really, I got lucky., But the best line came from Kevin McHale, who foresaw Bird winning. #6 I did the whole thing by myself, and I got SOME help from Larry Bird however, joked Celtic rookie head coach K.C. When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. Larry is the most self-motivated player I ever saw., In 1986, the NBA held its first-ever three-point shootout at the annual All-Star Game in Dallas. The Celtics should sign Dwight Howard yes, that Dwight Howard. When I was a kid, like 14 or 15, I played with the waiters from the hotel, 'cause that was the best game. Thats the way it will always be. Larry Bird, 23. The Celtics Summer League team ran through Davison, who averaged a league-best 8.2 assists per game. While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. After all these years, it still doesn't make sense. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got. In the closing seconds of every game, I want the ball in my hands for the last shotnot in anybody elses, not in anybody elses in the world. Larry Bird, 28. Then came one of the most rancorous playoff series in NBA history against the rising Bad Boy Detroit Pistons. Basketball has been my life and I worked at it so hard because I enjoyed it so much. Larry Bird.

I always wanted to win every game I played in, sometimes too much. I finally got him, Larry said, referring to Johnson, as payback for the stinging 1979 NCAA championship loss.

When I retired, I thought I'd really miss it. Copyright 2005 - 2022 Notable Quotes. You might not know that he received a scholarship to play for the Indiana Hoosiers but left the school after a month because he was not used to so many people. Dont let winning make you soft. I could go on for hours and tell you about his accomplishments, said Red. Like Birds memorable steal of Isiahs floating in-bounds pass at the very end of Game 5 in the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals, that Nellie quote still induces goosebumps. Have any other favorite Larry Bird quotes and sayings you would like to share? So it was always a game to me and that's how I perceived everything. Bird was not only an exceptional player, but he was a coach who was well respected by his team. Leadership is getting players to believe in you. He knows what it takes to be a successful player, and he's letting us do the things to have the success. Meeting with the media in Los Angeles before Game 2, Bird gave Thomas a free pass, then left to prepare for that nights game. The best player I ever played with was Dennis Johnson. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. I guess I'm not much of a sports fan. Larry Legend had guaranteed a Game 7 win at Boston Garden after the Celtics dodged a last-second bullet to beat the Hawks by a basket in Game 6 before a raucous crowd at Atlanta, tying the series 3-3. 87% of the ones you do take, you'll miss too. Its taken me a lot farther than I ever expected. Larry Bird, 26. And these guys, they'd let me play. One cant encapsulate the career of an all-time great in one sentence, but the far-reaching ramifications of that quote come about as close to doing so as possible. If you ever Google that epic fourth period or watch it on YouTube, you will hear Brent say it clearly at the end about Birds incredible fourth quarter following his last basket. In the summer time I spent a lot of time just shooting. It is no surprise that there are a lot of Larry Bird quotes about basketball!

Evans also called offensive goaltending on a McHale tip when Jabbar clearly knocked the ball out of the rim, an error the other official Earl Strom admitted in his book, Calling the Shots.. Whether it's a tie game or down by 1 or up by five, it was always the same shot. After the sour grapes comments by rookie Dennis Rodman that Bird was overrated because he was white, comments that Isiah Thomas agreed with, defending three-time MVP Larry brushed aside the controversy. I thought, well hes crazy, that is how you play this game. Now that I am older and feeling it, I know what he meant. Leadership is getting players to believe in you. I mean, think about it. The Celtics were battling the Bucks in an epic seven-game Eastern semifinal series during the grueling 1987 NBA Playoffs. And I did not know how much he would play hurt. Bird escaped a near first-round elimination against Sleepy Floyd, then beat Knick Trent Tucker to reach the finals against tiring guard Craig Hodges. Gavitt answered by telling Bird to take a few weeks to think it over, knowing full well that if Larry did not officially retire by September 1, he would receive a huge contract bonus. Everything follows balance. Its being able to take it as well as dish it out. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. I hate to distort history by saying the wrong thing.

I told him, the way he conducted himself throughout the series made me proud to be a Celtic, Bill Russell said of Larry Bird after the 1987 NBA Finals.