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Back For More in ’84
The Celtics didn’t rest on their laurels after securing their 15th NBA World Championship title. During the 1984-85 season, Boston won 63 games and their second straight Atlantic Division title while Larry Bird won his second consecutive NBA MVP award. On March 3, Kevin McHale broke Bird’s franchise single-game scoring record with 56 points against […]
Big Bird’s Big Game
In the early days of Larry Bird’s career, players wore shorts with a three-inch inseam, and by the end of his career, shorts were closer to five inches. While some men wouldn’t feel comfortable playing in those shorts today, Bird didn’t seem to mind it when he dropped 60 points on the Atlanta Hawks during […]
Bird and Maxwell Net Title No. 14
In the inaugural season of the Big Three era, the Celtics were already in championship form. After sweeping the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference First Round, Boston engaged in a seven-game semifinals thriller against the Philadelphia 76ers, which ESPN once ranked the best NBA playoff series of all-time. Boston stormed back from a 3-1 […]
Bird Crashes the Party
For the 10th time in league history, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers franchises met in the NBA Finals in 1987. Both teams were powerhouses during the 1980s, as each had won three NBA World Championship titles from 1980 to 1986. In the 1987 NBA Finals, the Lakers stormed out to a 2-0 series […]
Bird for 3
Larry Bird’s arrival from Indiana State was exciting for many reasons, but it also coincided with the NBA’s adoption of the 3-point line – an innovation pioneered by the old American Basketball Association. Sharp shooter Bird took full advantage hitting 649 from downtown in his career, including many against the Los Angeles Lakers and their […]
Bird is the Word
During 13 seasons with the Celtics, the truly legendary Larry Bird shined as one of the greatest to ever play the game. Leading the charge during the 1980s as a member of the original Big Three, Bird outhustled and outworked anyone who dared to test his skills. Despite his immaculate individual resume – NBA Rookie […]
Bird Says “Throw In the Towel”
In Game 7 of the 1984 NBA Finals, the Celtics sported a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter and fans at Boston Garden, as well as their star forward, began to celebrate a 15th NBA World Championship title. The Los Angeles Lakers would make it close, but it was Larry Bird and Dennis Johnson […]
Bird Shoots a “J” Over Dr. J
The 1980s rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers got all of the headlines, but Larry Bird and the Celtics had another great rival in Julius “Dr. J” Erving and his Philadelphia 76ers. The two Eastern Conference heavyweights met four times in the playoffs after Bird’s arrival with each team winning twice. The pair of future […]
Bird Signs His Real Name
This white Adidas replica Larry Bird jersey was genuinely signed by the Hall-of-Famer himself, but Bird didn’t always sign his real name. Early in his career Bird was frustrated with collectors who took advantage of impromptu autograph lines after games, especially on the road. To combat the autograph hounds, Bird began signing the name of […]
Bird Takes Flight in ’81
A new championship era in Boston began in the 1980-81 season with the additions of Robert Parish and Kevin McHale to a young team that already featured Larry Bird, Gerald Henderson and Cedric Maxwell. The roster combinations worked out for Coach Bill Fitch as the Celtics captured their 14th NBA World Championship title. Bird had […]