As for Bird: Well, a homemade sign planted along (ironically) Boston Mills Road in Richfield seemed to say the decision was a fait accompli, LARRY'S LAST GAME, it read in part, and an arrow pointed toward the coliseum. But Bird deflected the question with humor. "I'll decide in September," he said. "Just put your phone numbers in a box outside, and I'll call you to let you know." It might be hard for the 35-year-old legend to pass up the $8 million the Celtics would pay him to play the next two seasons, but it says here that he will not be back. Two seasons of on-again, off-again back pain have been too much for him.
Over in the Cleveland locker room, reserve forward Danny Ferry had a thought on the Celtics. "If it was their last time together," said Ferry, "then it was a very special day. I admit I thought about it once or twice. But we've got our minds on something else right now."