“He Said It” – 7 Quotes From Larry Bird


“He Said It” – 7 Quotes From Larry Bird

On Who Should Guard Him: “I didn’t care who guarded me – red, yellow, black. I just didn’t want a white guy guarding me because it’s disrespect to my game.”

On His Mother: “If there was a payment to the bank due, and we needed shoes, she’d get the shoes and then deal with them guys at the bank. I don’t mean she wouldn’t pay the bank, but the children always came first.”

On His Physical Ability: “I wasn’t real quick and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and its like ‘Whoa’. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.”

On Money: “I really don’t like talking about money. All I can say is the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.”

On The Best Player He Ever Played With: “The best player I ever played with was Dennis Johnson.”

On Race Relations: “When I was a kid, like 14 or 15, I played with the waiters from the hotel, ’cause that was the best game. And these guys, they’d let me play. And they were black guys.”

On Team Play: “It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer.”

Bonus Quotes:

On Leadership: “Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd 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.”

More On Leadership: “Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you are ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.”

To Kevin McHale & Anthony Mason At The Center-Jump To Start The Game:

“Kevin, look at those arms, look at all those muscles on him (Mason)”

“(Anthony) all those muscles aren’t going to do you any good tonight”

On Being Larry Bird: “I like being myself.”

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