SI Vault
Just My Type
Dan Patrick
May 12, 2008
The Interview Larry Bird PACERS PRESIDENT
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
May 12, 2008

Just My Type

View CoverRead All Articles

The Interview
Larry Bird

Bird, 51, won three NBA titles and three MVP awards with the Boston Celtics.

Dan Patrick: When I say Celtics-Lakers, is there one game, one player that automatically comes to mind?

Larry Bird: I think of Michael Cooper because he defended me as well as anybody ever defended me. And the one game is Game 4 [in 1984], when we desperately had to have a win, and Kevin McHale took Kurt Rambis down and changed the whole series.

DP: At the time, was that a hard foul?

LB: We had a no-layup rule. Just about everybody in the league did. Our regular-season games used to be rougher than our playoffs now, but the playoffs took it to a different level.

DP: Is LeBron complaining too much about being fouled hard?

LB: He knows no different. Now when you get hit hard, you expect a flagrant.

DP: What kind of relationship do you have now with Magic?

LB: We're still doing things businesswise. We talk maybe once every month or two. He knows what gets me more than anything is talking about when he beat me in college.

Continue Story
1 2 3