"Who's gonna get 2nd place?" - Top 10 All-Time Celtics - Part 2 - small forward
3-Time NBA Champion
2-Time Finals MVP
3-Time NBA MVP
9-Time All-NBA First Team
3-Time All-Defensive Second Team
3-Time 3-point Champ
2-Time 50-40-90 Club
Shooting, passing, defense, leadership, anticipation, basketball IQ, confidence, arrogance - he had them all. Here's the deal on Bird's "Who's gonna get 2nd place" challenge prior to winning the 3-point shootout.
“Who’s gonna get second place in the three-point contest?” 😉— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 29, 2018
Larry Bird joins his former teammate Kevin McHale and tells the story of his three-point contest victories. #PlayersOnlyMonthly pic.twitter.com/zXABFw4jIH
Did I mention confidence and arrogance? Larry chose to play a large part of one game left-handed (he was a righty).
It's #LeftHandersDay so let's rewind to 1986 and Larry Bird's famous left-handed game. Bird scored 10 of his 21 FGM with his left hand, including this and-one.— Celtics Rewind (@CelticsRewind) August 13, 2019
Oh, he finished with a 47/14/11 triple-double, send the game to OT and eventually hit the game winning shot as well. pic.twitter.com/TMzhGYutUo
The Bird Man was also one of the top assist guys ever to play the forward position. His passing skills were mesmerizing:
The is nobody in today’s NBA would can pass like Larry Bird. NOBODY. https://t.co/EnhSFBeeY5— Celtics ☘️Canada🇨🇦 🏀 (@CelticsCanada) August 11, 2019
Let me end this piece by emphasizing that we have never seen a player like Larry, and we may never again. He was truly unique. And tough as nails.
Larry Bird— Dee4Three (@Dee4Three84) August 9, 2019
In NBA history:
🏀Most skilled Forward
🏀One of the highest basketball IQs
🏀Best all-around shooter
🏀Best trash talker
🏀One of the toughest
Bird had it all, and was more athletic than he is given credit for (especially between 79-87)
Plenty of footage on YT kids https://t.co/GHqjS0X0ll
So who comes in second for All-Time Celtic at the small forward position? The Captain - The Truth - Paul Pierce. I have always loved this guy, but he had no chance for first place at SF with Bird in his way. And I would have loved to place Paul first at shooting guard, but Jarrin' John Havlicek, the Bouncing Buckeye from Ohio State, won that one. We will look at him in Part 3.
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