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People exagggerate how unathletic Larry Bird was

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3 years ago#1
With the way people talk about him, you'd think he was Steve Novak. The guy was actually pretty quick from looking at a lot of his games. He wasn't explosive, but he could get to the rim.
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3 years ago#2
it's because he's white
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3 years ago#3
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3 years ago#4
It's also because he's one of the greatest of all time, and when talking about the great ones, he's one of the more unathletic.
3 years ago#5
Because dunking was a rare event for him even though he was tall. Well, when he wasn't young, at least.
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3 years ago#6
Philitas posted...
Because dunking was a rare event for him even though he was tall. Well, when he wasn't young, at least.


no it wasnt
is that a man? on a bench?
3 years ago#7
Did backpain Larry even dunk ever?
3 years ago#8
Compared to other basketball players, he wasn't very athletic. He wasn't soaring through the air and posterizing people.

When people think "athletic," they think LeBron James dunking a full-court alley-oop pass like it was nothing.
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3 years ago#9
nemono5 posted...
Compared to other basketball players, he wasn't very athletic. He wasn't soaring through the air and posterizing people.

When people think "athletic," they think LeBron James dunking a full-court alley-oop pass like it was nothing.


except posterizing people is just one part of athleticism. Catching your own rebound and flipping in the shot before you hit the ground? Flying by for steals? Running the floor? You guys HAVE seen footage of the guy right?

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You know, you can't be unathletic and keep up with the Showtime Lakers in the finals every year.
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3 years ago#10
Larry was great because of his toughness and instincts. He was about as athletic as your average YMCA dude, but he was just a step ahead of everyone else mentally.
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