Bill Walton speaks out on what it was like to play with Larry Bird
Bird, arguably the best player in Celtics franchise history, “wanted seven straight days of basketball,” per Walton:
“Larry did not want halftime. Larry did not want timeouts. Larry did not want days off in-between the games,” Bill Walton told Scal, via Justin Leger of NBC Sports Boston. “He wanted seven straight days of basketball and the first team to win four, that’s fine. He was not into waiting around.
“Larry, he was ready to play and ready to deliver. And did he ever. The way his brain — just super smart, his analytical ability to figure out what was going to work, when it was going to work, how it was going to work.”
Larry Bird spent his entire illustrious career with the Celtics. The 12-time NBA All-Star, who played his college ball at Indiana State University, won three championships with Boston.
Bird was a two-time Finals MVP and three-time regular-season MVP with the Beantown team. He finished his Celtics career with averages of 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists while shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 88.6 percent from the free-throw line.
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