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  • Damn... Larry Bird is 60.

    Where has it gone?

    This will always be my guy. The greatest sh!t talkin', stone cold assassin, ever.

    I can't tell you how special it was to live through the Bird & Magic era as a basketball player from Indiana. I can't imagine there will ever be anything like it again.

    If you're an old school NBA fan, here's a great read on Bird's early basketball career, how he got from HS to IU to AAU to ISU.

    Larry Bird's Greatest Shot Was the One He Didn't Take

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    Last edited by BobbyMac; 12-07-2016, 09:33 PM.

  • #2
    Will always be my favorite B-ball player.
    Corn fed white boy from the Lick.
    I miss those days of him and Magic.
    The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
    Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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    • #3
      The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
      Of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee

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      • #4
        RIP he was a legend.
        .....Before I Get Out

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        • #5
          Originally posted by phillyirish View Post
          RIP he was a legend.
          He ain't dead, son. Just 60 years old.
          "Hey, I'll tell you what. You can get a good look at a butcher's *** by sticking your head up there. But, wouldn't you rather take his word for it?"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by phillyirish View Post
            RIP he was a legend.
            Originally posted by BeauBenken View Post
            He ain't dead, son. Just 60 years old.
            That's comedy gold there Beau. lol


            I used to work with a guy that was at ISU when Larry Legend played there. He told me a lot of stories. Bird basically ran practice and the huddles during timeouts. Give Hodges credit. He was smart enough to see what he had and stay out of the way. For those too young or not aware, he transferred from IU to ISU because it was too big and he didn't feel comfortable there. Yet he goes on to play in front of 15,000 plus every night.

            Bobby Knight would probably have another banner if Bird would have stayed, but I could also see their personalities clashing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
              That's comedy gold there Beau. lol


              I used to work with a guy that was at ISU when Larry Legend played there. He told me a lot of stories. Bird basically ran practice and the huddles during timeouts. Give Hodges credit. He was smart enough to see what he had and stay out of the way. For those too young or not aware, he transferred from IU to ISU because it was too big and he didn't feel comfortable there. Yet he goes on to play in front of 15,000 plus every night.

              Bobby Knight would probably have another banner if Bird would have stayed, but I could also see their personalities clashing.
              Yeah, hard to wrap your head around one of the 2 or 3 greatest college teams lost one of the Top 5 players to ever play the game.

              Larry was ready for the NBA before he went to ISU and definitely should have left ISU after one season at the latest. He was too good for college. He averaged 33 & 13 his first year there. Between staying in college and hurting his back laying cement at his Mom's house, we lost 6-7 years of Larry in his prime.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BeauBenken View Post
                He ain't dead, son. Just 60 years old.
                lol ok. I think I would know when my favorite basketball player dies.



                One thing I always loved about him was that big smile. Rest easy big Bird.
                .....Before I Get Out

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                • #9
                  Not to derail Larry Legend, but I just now relalized (after looking at my info on the left), that I
                  joined this site 10 Years ago this month! Where does the time go????
                  2013 IE College Fantasy Football Champion

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                  • #10
                    Damn... Larry Bird is 60.

                    Originally posted by NDCrusader View Post
                    Yeah, hard to wrap your head around one of the 2 or 3 greatest college teams lost one of the Top 5 players to ever play the game.



                    Larry was ready for the NBA before he went to ISU and definitely should have left ISU after one season at the latest. He was too good for college. He averaged 33 & 13 his first year there. Between staying in college and hurting his back laying cement at his Mom's house, we lost 6-7 years of Larry in his prime.


                    It's amazing to think he singlehandedly took ISU to an undefeated season and the NCG.

                    What would be the modern equivalent? Lebron going to college, taking Stetson to the title game undefeated, and losing to a Kobe led Duke?

                    The closest real life scenario has to be Curry carrying Davidson to seconds away from a FF.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Junkhead View Post
                      Not to derail Larry Legend, but I just now relalized (after looking at my info on the left), that I
                      joined this site 10 Years ago this month! Where does the time go????

                      The Twilight Zone

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by IrishSteelhead View Post
                        It's amazing to think he singlehandedly took ISU to an undefeated season and the NCG.

                        What would be the modern equivalent? Lebron going to college, taking Stetson to the title game undefeated, and losing to a Kobe led Duke?

                        The closest real life scenario has to be Curry carrying Davidson to seconds away from a FF.
                        Larry definitely carried that team. However,if it wasn't for Bob Heaton (think it was Bob, NDC you remember?), the Sycamore would have lost one game during the season. ISU was down, the other team misses a free throw with 1 or 2 seconds left. Heaton grabs the rebound and nails a full length shot.

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                        • #13
                          Watch this. It's amazing. Bird's court awareness is off the charts.

                          <iframe width="610" height="343" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hcXv0JtzNQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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                          • #14
                            Question for those much more knowledgeable about basketball and Larry than I am: how much of Bird's success was due to natural talent or athletic ability and how much was due to an obsession with the game and working on his skills? My impression is that he was basically just a tall guy with average athletic ability who outworked everyone, but I really don't know if that's right or not.
                            Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                            • #15
                              favorite basketball player of all time and im not a celtic fan.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                                Watch this. It's amazing. Bird's court awareness is off the charts.

                                <iframe width="610" height="343" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hcXv0JtzNQA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
                                Good grief! He made the unbelievable look easy. It's like watching Ali in his prime... just on a different planet from anyone else. Bird & Jordan were the two best I've seen in my life and the two most amazing to watch.
                                Winners see success and want to climb up to its level. Losers see success and want to drag it down to their own.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Irish#1 View Post
                                  Larry definitely carried that team. However,if it wasn't for Bob Heaton (think it was Bob, NDC you remember?), the Sycamore would have lost one game during the season. ISU was down, the other team misses a free throw with 1 or 2 seconds left. Heaton grabs the rebound and nails a full length shot.
                                  Close.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Bishop2b5 View Post
                                    Question for those much more knowledgeable about basketball and Larry than I am: how much of Bird's success was due to natural talent or athletic ability and how much was due to an obsession with the game and working on his skills? My impression is that he was basically just a tall guy with average athletic ability who outworked everyone, but I really don't know if that's right or not.
                                    The way he played the game at his size is what makes him different. He played a lot like Jerry West but at 6-9+. That's a god given talent to be that athletic at that height. Imagine Kevin Durant if he could average 11 rpg or 7 apg while sharing the frontline with 2 HOFers in their prime.

                                    In the end it's a once in a zillion confluence of size, coordination, athletic ability, desire, intelligence and alpha dog personality that made Bird who he is. There's no doubt in my mind he's the best small forward to ever play the game.

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                                    • #19
                                      Wouldn't 2012-2013 be a better season to compare for Lebron?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by zelezo vlk View Post
                                        Wouldn't 2012-2013 be a better season to compare for Lebron?
                                        The point of that meme is they were both 30.

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                                        • #21
                                          Originally posted by NDCrusader View Post
                                          The point of that meme is they were both 30.
                                          Ah. I always have disliked the age comparison since Lebron and most of the recent NBA stars left either out of high school or very early, whereas you had guys like Larry, Magic, and MJ staying for several years. Different era etc.

                                          But I getcha, I love dissing Lebron and Larry is often overlooked by this generation. Well, any of the older players outside of Wilt are.
                                          Last edited by zelezo vlk; 12-09-2016, 10:23 AM.

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by zelezo vlk View Post
                                            Ah. I always have disliked the age comparison since Lebron and most of the recent NBA stars left either out of high school or very early, whereas you had guys like Larry, Magic, and MJ staying for several years. Different era etc.

                                            But I getcha, I love dissing Lebron and Larry is often overlooked by this generation. Well, any of the older players outside of Wilt are.
                                            I think it's fair to compare two guys at the same age. Just as it's fair to compare their best year ever and their career stats, all different ways to look at it. I do believe LeBron will eventually be considered the consensus #1 small forward of all time (I do) because his stats will be astronomical due to his much longer playing career. That being said, if I'm building the all time team, Bird Magic & Jordan are my only must haves.

                                            As far as years lost to college:

                                            LeBron lost 0 years.
                                            Magic lost 2 years
                                            MJ lost 3
                                            Bird lost 5. That's a shame.

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                                            • #23
                                              Lebron also hasn't had to deal with any big injuries over his career either, he's pretty fortunate in that respect. There must be something in that flaming Cuyahoga River and South Beach water

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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by zelezo vlk View Post
                                                Lebron also hasn't had to deal with any big injuries over his career either, he's pretty fortunate in that respect. There must be something in that flaming Cuyahoga River and South Beach water
                                                Well you'll never have to worry about LeBron seriously injuring his back while doing concrete work at his Mom's house.

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                                                • #25
                                                  Originally posted by NDCrusader View Post
                                                  Well you'll never have to worry about LeBron seriously injuring his back while doing concrete work at his Mom's house.
                                                  Yeah, pretty sure Delonte West took care of it for him

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                                                  • #26
                                                    Originally posted by Bishop2b5 View Post
                                                    Question for those much more knowledgeable about basketball and Larry than I am: how much of Bird's success was due to natural talent or athletic ability and how much was due to an obsession with the game and working on his skills? My impression is that he was basically just a tall guy with average athletic ability who outworked everyone, but I really don't know if that's right or not.
                                                    Bird wasn't the slow white guy everyone thought he was. If you watch those highlights, you'll see he got some decent lift when he shot. What really separated him was his willingness to outwork everyone, his court awareness and his mindset that he hated your guts for 48 minutes and would do whatever it takes to win.

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