Bird hit 4 straight on Rodman & told Coach Daly "Who’s guarding me, Chuck? Is anyone guarding me? You better get someone on me or I’m gonna go for 60.” Rodman: I would be all over him and all Larry was doing was yelling at his teammates, "I’m open! Hurry up before they notice nobody is guarding me!”
[–]Warriors falloutranger 56 points 11 hours ago
That is some god-tier shit talk
[–]Lakers chrisvarick 386 points 11 hours ago
[–]ryeyun 26 points 8 hours ago
The phrase "what a fucking legend" was invented specifically for Larry Bird. Has anyone else ever punked Rodman like this?
[–]Pacers eroddyrod 82 points 10 hours ago
He’s called Larry Legend for a reason. Never forget the time he told X ‘I’m gonna get the ball right here and hit the game winner in your face’ and then the mf’r did it. There’s at least half a dozen examples of him doing things like this.
[–]Celtics Thatguy19901 26 points 6 hours ago
Then after he hit it said he didn't mean to leave any time on the clock. Ice cold
[–]Ethybubs 2695 points 11 hours ago
2x DPOY Dennis Rodman, mind you
[–]Lakers k1ngmad 1459 points 11 hours ago
Who? Nobody’s there.
[–]Pelicans Tuutori 38 points 10 hours ago
I'm open! Hurry up before someone comments here
[–]Shaggy Balls 405 points 7 hours ago*
When Hodges won the three-point contest in 89-90, reporters asked him if his win needed an asterisk because Bird didn’t compete that year. “He knows where to find me,” Hodges told the reporters. When presented with Hodges response Bird quipped, “Yeah, at the end of the Bulls bench.”
That motherfucker is gangster.
[–]vadkert 76 points 5 hours ago
Fuckin hell. Thought I had heard all the Larryisms. That's gold.
[–]76ers tiggs 391 points 8 hours ago
My fav Bird moment is when he was so sure he was gonna win the 3pt shooting contest at All Star Weekend. Talked shit to everyone, then didn't even bother taking off his warmup jacket before torching the shit
[–]Monoskimouse 320 points 7 hours ago
He walked into the locker room and said "Just wanted to take a look and see who's getting 2nd place" then walked back out.
[–]A_Little_Older 45 points 10 hours ago
Did Larry ever get personal or was it always just “you can’t stop me”?
[–]Knicks CMatthewsH 146 points 9 hours ago
This is a good point. There are different types of trash talking. There's Larry Bird I'm better than you and you can't do anything about it trash talk, and there's Gary Payton I'm going to make you feel like dirt trash talk.
To me, the Payton approach doesn't bother me. That's all over the park. Everyone talks shit about someone, especially whoever is guarding you. It becomes normal.
But to hear someone tell you what they're gonna do and then do it is another level. The former tries to bring you down and lose confidence in yourself. The latter (Bird's approach) is telling you that it doesn't matter how confident or talented you are, they're better than you.
[–]Celtics jcoldiron 6382 points 12 hours ago
Larry Bird should always go on everyones All Time Trash Talk Teams. Supreme confidence everytime he stepped on the court.
[–]Hawks KickedInTheDonuts 379 points 11 hours ago
Who is on that list?
MJ, Bird, Garnett, Kobe(?), ...
[–]bayrayray 153 points 11 hours ago
Reggie Miller for sure.
[–]Supersonics SobcatVIII 760 points 11 hours ago
I think consensus usually puts Payton on that list. He was psychotic when it came to trash talk.
[–]Celtics DavidElswick 53 points 8 hours ago
Payton, Kobe, MJ, Bird, KG is a sick team lineup
[–]Bulls BigDickBandit89 123 points 11 hours ago
Payton, MJ, Kobe, Bird, KG. 6th man Reggie
[–]Dazegobye 248 points 10 hours ago
Reggie over kg. KG was crazy intense with just a bunch of cuss words. Trash talk is so much more than that
[–][UTA] Bernard King DeathBySuplex 223 points 10 hours ago
The best talk doesn't even swear, but it cuts deep and personal.
Like "He's got feminine hips."
[–]Celtics Greaves- 76 points 10 hours ago
Yeah I agree. 80s and 90s trash talk was cool. Like it was just proving yourself and backing yourself up, making your points somehow mean more than just being points. KG took it to a whole new level, he got into people's heads. I think Steven Adams was the dude who said he always switched sides when rebounding for free throws to avoid being next to KG, he just didn't want any of that craziness
[–][BOS] Larry Bird xaleo 95 points 10 hours ago
Also the time Adams pretended he didn't speak or understand English so KG would stop chirping at him lol
[–]wellfudge 152 points 10 hours ago
Didnt KG tell someone they looked like they were a cancer patient?
[–]jtapostate 71 points 10 hours ago
Charlie Villanueva it was. He has alopecia, no hair anywhere.
KG did apologize for that one
[–]keystothemoon 115 points 7 hours ago
One of Payton's supersonic teammates said hed come into the gym and Gary could be all alone in there shooting around and he'd be trash talking to imaginary defenders, like he was practicing not just shooting but talking shit too. He was trash talking the air.
[–]Pelicans daybreaker 26 points 5 hours ago
"Fuck you air. Think you all hot shit. I'm gonna break you down and convert your ass to carbon dioxide you little bitch"
[–]Celtics Greaves- 484 points 10 hours ago
Payton called people on their home phones to continue trash talking because he couldn't do it enough during the game. He'd trash talk players to their children when he met their families at malls or events.
[–][UTA] Bernard King DeathBySuplex 366 points 10 hours ago
Except John Stockton, never bothered, because he knew Stockton wouldn't flinch.
[–]Raptors TheDrunkenWobblies 116 points 10 hours ago
He knew Stockton wouldn't talk back and just give him a quiet elbow to the throat.
[–][UTA] Bernard King DeathBySuplex 172 points 10 hours ago
Payton has a ton of respect for Stock, it's pretty cool. Like the polar opposites personality wise, but Gary always talks with utter respect when talking about John Stockton.
[–]Nuggets westhoff0407 686 points 10 hours ago*
Payton also had some great Bird stories. One time he said Larry was dribbling in front of him and said, "I have a Christmas present for you. It's a jumper in your mouth." And then drilled it. Haha.
[–]Supersonics coffeeINJECTION 66 points 9 hours ago
That one where he tells the other team the exact play and the exact spot he’s going to shoot from and still splashes it on em is my favorite bit of trash talk ever. So demoralizing and yet clean.
[–]hitchinpost 32 points 8 hours ago
If I remember right, there was one where an bad decision to take a timeout cost Larry a game winner. And he told his coach and the other team both that they were going to run the same play and he was going to sink it again from the same spot. And then they did and he did.
[–]Saint_Edelweiss 195 points 8 hours ago
He’s arguably the best trash talker EVER. If you make the gentleman-of-the-game Julius Erving punch you because you’re handing him a beatdown and you’re letting him know about it, you’re the best at talking trash.
他真是史上最强嘴炮。要是你能让球场绅士J博士都大打出手的话，那你就是垃圾话第一人了。因为伯德曾在一场比赛中血虐J博士，然后还不停在后者身边逼逼（“我42分 ，你6分 ，我42分， 你6分， 我42分 你6分”）……
[–][GSW] Stephen Curry Hishaam00 2698 points 11 hours ago
He always backed it up. Could walk the walk 100%
[–]Celtics ITsLoverBoy 231 points 9 hours ago
He could talk trash without actually talking. Once he decided to play left handed in 1992 against Portland. He had a 49 point triple double, 24 of which came from his left hand. Mind you Portland were NBA finalists that season.
[–]Frank NStein 264 points 7 hours ago
Bird retired in ‘92. The game you speak of was in February of 1986 (and he had 47, not 49...minor detail).
[–]_Than0s 454 points 10 hours ago
Serious question: Who has the greatest stories surrounding them? Larry Bird? Kobe Bryant? Michael Jordan?
I’d love to hear everyone’s opinions.
[–]defiantleek 133 points 10 hours ago
Larry or kobe, half the stories you hear about Jordan are him being an asshole off the court.
[–]NBA GlutenFreeSalt 138 points 10 hours ago
Wilt. No question
[–]76ers DakezO 164 points 10 hours ago
He said stories not porn stories
[–]Bucks devereaux 21 points 5 hours ago
Reggie Miller might be the most brutal one of all
[–]Celtics MaxwellVonMaxwell 523 points 10 hours ago
Kareem went toe to toe with Bruce Lee as the final boss in one of his biggest .
[–]Celtics EnjoyWolfCola 31 points 8 hours ago
Kareem was also in Big Bang Theory so I’m taking off a point
[–]Lakers Makaveli84 108 points 10 hours ago*
I'll go with Larry, cause that's what I always hear about is like Larry making a fool out of his opponents
[–]l-Came 39 points 9 hours ago
I could listen to Larry stories every day
[–]pi247 120 points 9 hours ago
So many of my friends think Larry Bird would be trash in today's game.
I just feel like that motherfucker had something special and would get it done regardless of era.
[–]dunowhatimdoing 35 points 7 hours ago
Everyone always says old school player would be "trash in today's game".
These motherfuckers back in the day did all their thing WHILE getting hand checked ALL DAY LONG.
Now that they've banned hand checking... they really think it wouldn't just be EASIER for them?
If anything, it would be HARDER to defend Bird.
[–]Heat wbhyatt 48 points 6 hours ago
I think the argument could be made that he would be even better right now. He would shoot more 3s, play small ball 4 and 5, and his game translates to the modern NBA incredibly well.
[–]teabagsOnFire 14 points 5 hours ago
He would also have, on average, better supporting players to pass to.
[–]LeafStain 10 points 4 hours ago
He’s seriously a video game create a player. 6’10’’, insane shooting, insane vision while grabbing ten boards a night
I was born in 84 so never got to see him really.
[–]Bucks devereaux 81 points 7 hours ago
Yeah, Bird is an all-time great. I have a feeling he would mentally break many of today's players trying to guard him.
[–]Celtics alpaca_drama 52 points 5 hours ago
KD would probably break down if Larry, Payton, MJ all played in this era and had access to Twitter
[–]gotfan2313 146 points 11 hours ago
Bird was a stone cold gangster
[–]yeobchub05 57 points 7 hours ago
First time I was introduced to Larry Bird was on Space Jam. Had no idea he was actually a basketball player. Assumed he was MJs golf buddy.
[–]EKEEFE41 106 points 8 hours ago
As 47 year old dude, that grew up 18 miles from the Boston Garden... I know all these stories, but it makes me happy people still talk about them
[–][BOS] Larry Bird Obi-Anunoby 12 points 5 hours ago
As a mid-40s dude who worshipped Bird from the get go, he was my first basketball idol. That man was my first superhero.
[–]Kings olomanhere 123 points 9 hours ago
Old guy here. Made my roommate go with me to Bird's first college game. We knew we were seeing something special when he and teammate Harry Morgan broke away down court against a 7 footer standing under the basket waiting for them. Larry went up like he was gonna try a dunk, then causally flipped the ball up in the air for Morgan to slam it home.
[–]Pacers Pennypacking 1252 points 10 hours ago
Is Larry dying or something, why all of these Larry Bird posts?
My aunt caught Larry Bird peeing in an alley way outside of Casino Aztar in Evansville, IN.
[–]Cavaliers whynuttzy 113 points 10 hours ago
Lmao I noticed that too. At least these are better than the melo and lin posts.
Incidentally, my uncle absolutely loved Larry Bird. We live in southeast asia and he was the sole Celtics diehard in a family full of Lakers fans.
[–][GSW] Jeremy Lin seemedlegitatfirst 30 points 9 hours ago
Are you filipino because I swear there are way too many lakers fans where I live
[–][TOR] Jose Calderon Djov 1196 points 12 hours ago
Cause there's like a million Larry Bird stories and they're all cool.
[–]Knicks Abyss333333 143 points 12 hours ago
Cause dude is super good and super cool.
If he never got hurt doing his moms driveway, i think he would be there right behind Jordan
[–]Warriors NBAccount 121 points 11 hours ago
Even with the back injury He is on most people's Rushmore.
Unpopular opinion: Without the injury shortened career, he would be the Goat.