"Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players." - Larry Bird

Larry Legend on leadership.

Apr. 13, 1986 - Boston Celtics end the NBA season with a 40-1 home record

In 1985–86 the Boston Celtics fielded one of the best teams in NBA history. Under head coach K.C. Jones , the Celtics finished the regular season with a record of 67–15, going 40–1 at home (37–1 at the Boston Garden, 3–0 at the Hartford Civic Center). This team is generally considered to be the best of Larry Bird's career as he won his third consecutive MVP award after having arguably his finest season.

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"It’s about team effort. No particular player trying to outshine each other. Play unselfishly and believe. Good things will come." - Rajon Rondo

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Mar. 24, 1979 - Larry Bird (Indiana State) advances to face Magic Johnson (Michigan State) in the NCAA finals

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This was the first tournament in which all teams were seeded by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. The top six seeds in each regional received byes to the second round, while seeds 7-10 played in the first round. In the semi-finals, Larry Bird tallied 35 points, 16 rebounds,and 9 assists as Indiana State Sycamores advanced to the NCAA finals. Magic Johnson of Michigan State Spartans recorded a triple double 29 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists as they advance to NCAA finals. To this day, the 1979 NCAA finals remains the highest-rated game in the history of televised college basketball. Michigan State, coached by Jud Heathcote, defeated Indiana State coached by Bill Hodges, 75–64.

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Mar. 12, 1985 - Larry Bird scored a career high 60 points

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Larry Bird's scoring achievement came just nine days after teammate Kevin McHale scored a Boston Celtics record 56 points.

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Mar. 11, 1965 - Bill Russell grabbed 49 rebounds, the third most in NBA history

That season the Boston Celtics won a league-record 62 games, and Bill Russell averaged 14.1 points and 24.1 rebounds per game, winning his second consecutive rebounding title and his fifth MVP award. On March 11 in a 112-100 win over Detroit, Russel grabbed 49 rebounds, the third-highest total in NBA history. His 51 rebounds in a single game is the second highest performance ever, only trailing Chamberlain’s all-time record of 55.

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"I really don’t count my shots. I just shoot until I feel good." - Larry Bird

Don’t even keep count.

Feb. 4, 1993 - The Boston Celtics retired Larry Bird’s #33

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Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Larry Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, spearheading one of the NBA’s most formidable frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale.

Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards. He finished his career with averages of more than 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game, while shooting 49.6% from the field, 88.6% from the free throw line and 37.6% from three-point range.

"Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird." —Magic Johnson, as quoted at Bird’s retirement party.

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"You could never back down. Once you do, people look at you different. You had to stand up for everything you believed in, even if it’s only playing basketball. If somebody took the gloves off and wanted to go, you had to go." - Larry Bird

Larry Legend.

Jan. 18, 1998 - The Boston Celtics retired Robert Parish’s #00

Robert Parish, also known as “The Chief,” played 21 seasons in the NBA, the career record for most seasons played by an NBA player. In his 14 seasons with the Boston Celtics (1980-81 through 1993-94), Parish helped lead the Celtics to three NBA world championships in 1981, 1984 and 1986. He holds the NBA record for most games played with 1,611, and was named All-NBA second team in 1982 and All-NBA third team in 1983. In addition, he was a nine-time NBA All-Star, including seven consecutive seasons from 1981 through 1987, and also in 1990 and 1991. In 1996, Parish was named one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”, and was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

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"I like being by myself. I’m a loner. People would ask why I sat in my garage. I’d say, ‘I gotta sit somewhere.’" - Larry Bird

"I like being by myself. I’m a loner. People would ask why I sat in my garage. I’d say, ‘I gotta sit somewhere.’" - Larry Bird

Nov. 9, 1984 - Larry Bird and Julius “Dr J” Erving got into a fight during a game

Both teams came into this game undefeated, Philadelphia 76ers at 5-0 and Boston Celtics 4-0. The 76ers were the NBA Champions in 1983. The Celtics captured the NBA Championship title in 1984.

Larry Bird was ejected along with Julius “Dr J” Erving in the third quarter after an on court scuffle. At the point of both ejections, Bird had outscored Erving 42 to 6. During the game, Bird had continuously informed Erving of their tallies with every chance he got to score. Bird denies this stating that it was teammate “M.L. (Carr) talking trash from the bench” during that game. Eventually a shoving match ensued, then swings taken by both players, and finally a bench-clearing brawl.

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Bill Russell rivals Wilt Chamberlain.

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