"The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me." - Larry Bird

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"We’re mirrors of each other," Johnson said. "I may smile a little bit more, but the way we play the game of basketball was exactly the same because we would do anything to win. We didn’t care about scoring points. We cared about winning the game and making our teammates better. That’s why we were able to change not only basketball but able to change the NBA, too." - Magic Johnson on Larry Bird
Magic and Bird.

"We’re mirrors of each other," Johnson said. "I may smile a little bit more, but the way we play the game of basketball was exactly the same because we would do anything to win. We didn’t care about scoring points. We cared about winning the game and making our teammates better. That’s why we were able to change not only basketball but able to change the NBA, too." - Magic Johnson on Larry Bird

Magic and Bird.

June 17, 2008 - The Celtics defeated the Lakers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals

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Kevin Garnett shouted “Anything is Possible!” after Boston’s first Championship since 1986 and 17th overall.

The 2007 off-season saw Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge acquire Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to join franchise star Paul Pierce. The newly-formed ‘Big Three’ led the Celtics to a dramatic 42-game turnaround, finishing with 66 wins.

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May 29, 1980 - Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA Rookie of the Year

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Larry Bird was named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists, and leading the Boston Celtics to a then-record 32-game improvement (29-53 to 61-21). He was also named to the All-Rookie Team, first-team All-NBA and finished third in MVP voting.

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"The key to being a good shooter is balance. Everything follows balance." - Larry Bird

From the ground up.

"I never learned anything by losing.’ - Larry Bird

Losing is for losers.

"The first thing I would do every morning was look at the box scores to see what Magic Johnson did. I didn’t care about anything else.” - Larry Bird

Everything else was irreverent.

"It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer." - Larry Bird

Let me assist you that bucket.

"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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