Originally Posted by SHAQisGOAT
Bet you've never saw a Celtics game from back then and you're just talking out your a**.
First of all McHale guarded the better scoring forward since 1986 when he got into the starting lineup, and this was not all the time. Reason?
First of all they wanted to spare their main offensive weapon. Harper guarded the best scoring guard many times, does that make Jordan a bad defender? Or when Pip was switched off to Magic, does that make Jordan a bad defender? Or when Battier was guarding Durant instead of LeBron? Does that make LeBron a bad defender?
Bird already had back issues.
And did you read my post
Defense is not always about shutting guys down on the perimeter though. McHale was put on some guys because he had great length to bother them and such.
Plus it was better for the Celtics to have Bird roaming around playing great team D.
Bird was a terrible man defender. Deal with it.