Monday, December 3, 2007

Basketball Jesus

Mythic Boston sports figure #2 in our four part series is none other than Larry Legend himself.

I was too young to really appreciate everything Larry Bird ever did on the basketball court, but his autobiography "Drive" was one of the first books I ever read, so I've had this image of a scrawny white kid shooting freethrows alone in an Indiana Gymnasium dancing around inside my head for close to 25-years. But through the magic of YouTube... WOW! I mean, this guy could literally do it all. And maybe the only thing better than his steals, 3-point buzzer beaters, ridiculous no look passes, and tenacity around the ball was his shorts. Those were absolutely glorious.

Click HERE to see a compilation of some of Bird's more ridiculous plays set to Cypress Hill's "Rock Superstar" (the pass he makes at the 1:13 mark should never be attempted by another white man. Ever.)

And Click HERE to see a piece put together which chronicles Larry Legend's best trash talking. That's right. Not only did the Basketball Jesus light it up with game on the court, but he had the bad-assed swagger to go along with it. He truly was a legend.

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