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Video is Worth A Thousand Words: Larry “The Legend” Bird

Posted on December 19, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Watching old highlights of Larry Bird helps illustrate just how amazing a player he was.

Watching old highlights of Larry Bird helps illustrate just how amazing a player he was.

On the program “Outside The Lines”, ESPN recently did a feature about the lack of American born white players in the NBA. This got me thinking about the amazing career of one of the great American born white players of the last 30 years, Larry Bird.

Bird is also back in the forefront lately through the new book he co-wrote with Magic Johnson entitled, “When the Game Was Ours.” Click here to read a great review of the book recently posted by Joe Gill. Also, if you sign up to receive daily updates from Sports Then and Now or the sites for Boston, Chicago or Baltimore between now and January 15, 2010, you will be automatically registered for a drawing where you could win one of two copies of the book.

As part of our occasional series remembering the careers of some of the greats of the game through Youtube videos, I’ve picked several videos that depict Bird’s legendary career.

Watching these videos, I was absolutely amazed at just how great Bird was. At the time he played, we all new Bird was great, but seeing his many amazing passes and shots, it is clear that he was one of the all-time greats and will never be duplicated. There are certainly many great players today, but none (regardless of color) who have quite the package of greatness embodied by “the Kid from French Lick.” Enjoy.

Larry Bird’s Great Moments

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

Larry Bird’s Top 10 Playoff Plays

Larry Bird and Michael Jordan McDonald’s Commercial

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