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Old 06-29-2008, 08:08 PM   #1
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On the rocky relationship between Larry Bird and Kevin Mchale
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Larry would always come to me and say, 'Hey, go tell Kevin this', and Kevin would come to me and say, 'Go tell Larry that.' They were such great players, but sometimes they didn't know how to talk to each other and how to yell at each other. But they knew how to yell at me.

The comparison between Larry Bird and Kevin Garnett
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They're completely different. KG is more of a sentimental guy, more feeling, kinder. Larry was not kind. Larry was grouchy. That's how he was born, that's how he competed. He would bust everybody's chops, get angry and frustrated.

But here's what KG is like. We're in training campe in Rome [last October], and I see him in the weight room. Then he goes to practice, works his butt off and gets his shots up after practice. Then, for the next 45 minutes, KG is running around the gym rebounding for Rajon Rondo. Let me tell you something: In a million years Larry Bird would never do that. He might make me rebound for him, but not the other way around. KG is focused and intense like Larry, but he really cares about the feelings of his teammates, cares that he's perceived as almost the team mother.

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As for Paul, he's a very determined player, like Larry, but he reminds me of DJ. Like DJ, Paul can get a little salty. He's up and down moodwise. And on the court he's kind of an energy conserver. He doesn't play all out all the time. That used to drive me nuts about DJ because I was the other guard and I'd think, 'This guy is so gifted. What's he doing coasting?' But then, like with DJ, Paul has stretches that are unbelievably special. You need something to happen, whatever it is--a blocked shot, winning a jump ball, a steal, a rebound, a pass, a shot--and Paul supplies it. That's how DJ was.

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As for Ray, he is just an amazing basketball player. We didn't have anybody as cool and poised and who could shoot the ball like him.
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As for Ray, he is just an amazing basketball player. We didn't have anybody as cool and poised and who could shoot the ball like him.

Ray is cooler than the other side of the pillow..eat that Spudb!tch.
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Ray is cooler than the other side of the pillow..eat that Spudb!tch.

Any idea why Bird and Mchale didn't get along?
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Any idea why Bird and Mchale didn't get along?

Maybe they didnt like to share marijuana?:)

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Wait, scratch that. If you want to believe John Mellencamp (of all people), certain prominent members of the Celtics did a lot of drugs.

"I've known Larry Bird since we were kids. When he was on the Celtics and I was playing in Boston, he and Kevin McHale would come to my dressing room after the show and smoke me under the tab"
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That (86 team) was a special team. Larry was lucky he had so many great players around him. Kevin was lucky he got to play with Larry. Chief was lucky to be there, considering he started with Golden State. DJ wasn't always happy with his teams [Seattle and Phoenix] before he got to Boston. It was a magical time.
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As for Ray, he is just an amazing basketball player. We didn't have anybody as cool and poised and who could shoot the ball like him.

Ray hit big shots all year, he won 3 games with buzzer beaters. KG and PP both said in a ESPN interview they want Ray to take the game winning shot. Ray as usual said the unselfish thing, i want the open player to take the game winning shot. I can't wait for the repeat next year.
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