Larry The Legend

June 9, 2004 in Uncategorized

I just found an interesting article picking out pieces of a ESPN special interview with Larry Bird, Magic, Lebron, and Carmelo that is going to air later this week. I’m going to be a big kid and wait to watch the whole thing before commenting, so I’ll just post some of the quotes sans my opinion.

“Well, I think so,” Bird said. “You know when I played, you had me and Kevin [McHale] and some others throughout the league. I think it’s good for a fan base, because, as we all know, the majority of the fans are white America. And if you just had a couple of white guys in there, you might get them a little excited. But it is a black man’s game, and it will be forever. I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American.”

“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,” Bird said. “I still don’t understand why. A white guy would come out (and) I would always ask him: ‘What, do you have a problem with your coach? Did your coach do this to you?’ And he’d go, ‘No,’ and I’d say, ‘Come on, you got a white guy coming out here to guard me; you got no chance.’ For some reason, that always bothered me when I was playing against a white guy.”

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