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Larry Bird HOOPS LEGEND
The Pacers president and former Celtics great is the subject, along with Magic Johnson, of Jackie MacMullan's When the Game Was Ours
Dan Patrick: If I gave you one mulligan, what would it be?
Larry Bird: Well, I'd like to have the college one [the 1979 NCAA title game, which Bird's Indiana State lost to Magic Johnson's Michigan State], because we won three championships in Boston. Starting out and playing for Indiana State, a mid-major school, and being 33--0 and having a chance to win a national championship, that was pretty big for me.
DP: What would you do differently in that title game?
LB: I don't know. I didn't play well. I knew I had to score over 30 points for us to have a chance to win, and I didn't do it.
DP: LeBron said we should retire Michael Jordan's number 23. What do you think?
LB: That's fine with me. As long as it's not 33.
DP: You don't want them to retire your number?