Larry Bird “Best of Enemies” Documentary
Overshadows NBA Finals
Regardless of who won the basketball NBA Finals – if the Series ended last night (went to bed early so I could write this blog this morning) – regardless of how athletic LeBron James is, regardless of the fact that the new season of “House of Cards” is now on Netflix, regardless of whether you care about basketball or not, the most important TV show of this year airs tonight.
“Best of Enemies,” a 30-for-30 documentary on ESPN, will re-tell the story of the bitter rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics during the 1980s, a decade of brilliant basketball and the emergence of great bands such as Squeeze and U2…
Bird vs. Magic. Larry Legend. Byron Scott, James Worthy, Jabbar, Kevin McHale – all of them, fighting for NBA Titles, year after year McHale fought with Rambis. Larry fought with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Fights. Hatred. Ball.
We were riveted then, and we will be riveted watching the documentary tonight and the second part tomorrow night.
The guy at the center of all this was, of course, the blond-haired wizard from French Lick, Indiana. He was a genius. He was Larry Bird.
Imagine a guy who shot the ball as well from the outside as Kevin Durant, passed the ball better than LeBron James, rebounded better than Kevin Love, and shot free throws as well as Stef Curry.
Then imagine a guy as competitive as Michael Jordan.
This was who Larry Legend was.
Some things are certain. Sammy Sportface is only mildly interested in the truth. NGSCSports will be out of business within a week. And there will never be a basketball player like Larry Bird ever again.
The way he played, the way he looked, the way he passed, where he was from – it was all unique The guys enjoys cutting his own lawn.
Even his attitude was one of a kind. This was a guy who didn’t want to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated in an article about him and how great he was. He didn’t want to spend the time being interviewed. He would rather have kept practicing. Larry was always more interested in practicing his craft and winning than anything else.
How many NBA basketball players would not want to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated in an article about how great they play?
There is only one: Larry Bird.
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