Larry Legend wows Pacers at practice

Larry Legend wows Pacers at practice

Postby LTLakerFan on Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:09 pm

I guess Bird dropped by one day to a Pacers' practice and a ball rolled over. You know....once you've played and have been away for awhile and all of a sudden find yourself with a ball and a glass backboard...... :bow: :bow:

Some classic one liners in here referring to Bird's skill shooting the ball.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball- ... 23730.html

Paul George talks about the time Larry Bird’s shooting form stopped Pacer practice in its tracks
By Kelly Dwyer | Ball Don't Lie – 2 hours 45 minutes ago


Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George has been in the news quite a bit of late, explaining away why he’s unlikely to flee an up and coming Pacers team for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers next summer. George will be a restricted free agent next year, one the Pacers will likely match at all costs (that’s assuming they don’t sign him to an extension prior to that), and it’s still unclear if the Lakers (stuck with cap holds and Kobe Bryant’s reported refusal to take a pay cut) will have enough space under the cap to make a move possible.

So, not much of a story, there. What should be a story is Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird shooting basketballs. Because nothing is better than watching Larry Bird shoot a basketball. From Nima Zarrabi at SLAM Online:

SLAM: I believe you had talked about seeing Larry shoot in the gym.

PG: He picked a ball up that had rolled over. He rolled up his sleeves and made about 15 in a row and just walked out like nothing just happened. It was the craziest thing I’ve seen.

SLAM: How did you and the rest of the team react?

PG: We were speechless. We didn’t know whether to keep shooting or just to end practice. It was sweet, man.
Not unlike Julius Erving … still got it.

I don’t recall who said it, and it’s possible that this is an apocryphal story, but I remember hearing about a sportswriter that, upon watching Bird practice and swish jumper after jumper in the hours before a game, tell a passerby that it was “like watching a fish practice swimming.” :man10:

An apt line. And yes, you’re allowed to end practice to watch Larry Bird keep shooting a basketball. Outside of the fish/swimming analogy, I can’t really think of any other proper comparisons. It’s not quite like watching B.B. King utilize vibrato, because there are a lot of great guitar players out there. It’s not quite like watching Lauren Hutton strut down a runway, because there are a lot of beautiful women out there. Lots of people can paint some pretty, pretty pictures. Many great books have been written by thousands of brilliant authors. Sliced bread has already been invented.

Larry Bird … shooting a basketball? That’s on another level. You should always call off practice if it results in a chance to watch the Legend work on his stroke
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Re: Larry Legend wows Pacers at practice

Postby Weezy on Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:58 pm

You don't foret how to shoot. The old greats might not dunk, or run, have any lateral movement and such, but I wouldn't bet against them in a game of HORSE. I'd love to see a video of this, Bird draining shots like nothing in his dress shirt.
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Postby Rooscooter on Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:59 pm

The game where he went all left is one of the most amazing feats of competitive basketball I've ever seen.
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Postby gcclaker on Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:08 pm

Surprised Bird did not say "who's playing for second place?" to those watching and standing around...
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Re: Larry Legend wows Pacers at practice

Postby thkthebest on Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:23 pm

I remember a few years ago, "they" (I don't remember who) asked Bird if he could still shoot the ball.

Bird said that he hasn't touched a basketball since he retired (not literally obviously), but if you let him warm up and get 2 or 3 shots up, he would still be one of the best shooters and can easily make at least 90% of his free throws. I guess he doesn't even need to warm up. He never lost that touch.
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Re: Larry Legend wows Pacers at practice

Postby Frank Dux on Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:01 am

I know we're supposed to hate the Celtics, but I can't help but admire Larry.
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Re: Larry Legend wows Pacers at practice

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:42 am

Want to say Im surprised but I know better. I expect a guy like Reggie Miller to be the same way. Pick a ball up and just drain them like it was nothing at all.
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Re: Larry Legend wows Pacers at practice

Postby pound4pound1 on Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:38 am

let's sign him...he's better than Meeks
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