Larry Bird was so bored while injured that he ate seven wedding cakes

Larry-Bird-calls-Pacers-softBoston Celtics legend Larry Bird only appeared in six games during the 1988-1989 season due to back and Achilles injuries. One year removed from averaging 29.9 points per game, the then 34-year-old had begun to break down. However, Bird found something else to dominate in his frustrating absence from the basketball court — his refrigerator.

Hall of Fame sportswriter Jack McCallum’s book “Unfinished Business,” a chronicle of the 1990-1991 Celtics, recently became available as an e-book. On Monday, Deadspin highlighted a legendary Bird quote from the book where he talked about his eating habits while he was recovering from injury.

‘I think I wanna be active,’ said Bird. ‘What I might do, though, is git in shape, git outta shape, then git in shape again. I won’t do it like I used to, though. It’s gittin’ tougher. Three years ago I could lose fifteen pounds like nuthin’. Now? I don’t know if I could.’ He had put on a few pounds when he was out of action, but he wasn’t sure how many. ‘I was so bored, I’d set around the house, drive my wife crazy, and eat and eat. In two and a half weeks I was off I ate ten gallons of ice cream and seven weddin’ cakes. Why them? I ate weddin’ cakes ’cause you knew they was gonna be good. I mean, who would [eff] up a weddin’ cake?’”

Only the most seasoned of foodies could have that type of an opinion about cake. Not only that, but only an NBA star could afford to get his hands on seven wedding cakes. Does that mean he bought custom wedding cakes just did eat? Did he have someone go around to various function halls and purchase the leftover cake?

The rest of the cake from my wedding (November 2012) is still sitting in the freezer. I’m getting sick of looking at it, and it’s taking up space. Needless to say, I can’t imagine eating seven of them in under three weeks. Bird had to have been joking, right?

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Paul George: Larry Bird has still got it

Larry-Bird-calls-Pacers-softBoston Celtics legend Larry Bird was one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, but he is 56 years old now. Most men in their 50s have to start thinking about things like reading glasses and blood pressure medication. Bird could be tending to needs like those, but apparently he has not entirely lost his shooting ability.

During an interview with SLAM Online last week (via NBA.com’s All Ball), Indiana Pacers forward Paul George told a story about how Bird blew him away one day in practice when he picked up a ball and began shooting.

“He picked a ball up that had rolled over,” George said. “He rolled up his sleeves and made about 15 in a row and just walked out like nothing just happened. It was the craziest thing I’ve seen. … We were speechless. We didn’t know whether to keep shooting or just to end practice. It was sweet, man.”

Celtics fans who watched Bird dominate in the 1980s probably aren’t surprised. There’s a reason Kobe Bryant recently noted that Larry Legend is one of the most underrated players to ever play when he listed his all-time starting five. Either he hasn’t lost the touch, or he still throws up plenty of jumpshots in his spare time.

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Kobe Bryant gives his all-time starting five, highlighted by Larry Bird

Kobe BryantOne of the most popular questions radio hosts have decided to ask current and former NBA players lately is who they would select for an all-time starting five. Given how many Hall of Famers have played the game over the past six decades, the answers tend to vary. During an interview with John Ireland and Mike Trudell on ESPN LA 710 on Wednesday, Kobe Bryant gave his take.

“It’s not very difficult for me,” Kobe said. “I’d go Magic (Johnson), (Michael) Jordan, (Larry) Bird, (Bill) Russell and (Kareem Abdul-Jabar).”

Trudell apparently had the same exact team as Bryant, so Ireland informed him of a team that they say could beat Kobe’s and Trudell’s all-time starting five. That team consisted of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Oscar Robinson, Tim Duncan and Wilt Chamberlain. Kobe agreed that neither one of those teams would dominate the other and that it would be competitive, but he made it a point to discuss how underrated he feels Bird has become.

“I will say as the years go on people really forget how great Larry Bird was,” Bryant said. “He was ridiculous. And I grew up in LA — just like everyone else here — hating his guts. But the guy was just money.”

That has to hurt coming from a Laker legend, but it’s the truth. Personally, I feel that Bird is a much better overall player than Scottie Pippen, although Pippen did make his way into Karl Malone’s all-time starting five and Jason Kidd’s lineup as well. Those of you who were expecting LeBron James to make his way onto the list — get real. This is Kobe’s all-time starting five. King James never stood a chance.

Larry Bird’s son arrested for allegedly trying to run over his ex-girlfriend

Conner Bird mug shot

Larry Bird’s 21-year-old son Conner was arrested by Indiana University campus police Sunday for allegedly being a naughty boy.

Bird and his ex-girlfriend reportedly argued at his apartment Saturday, and he allegedly threw a cell phone at her which hit her in the wrist.

According to Inc Now, the ex-girlfriend walked to her home and says Bird was waiting there in his car when she arrived. She says she got into his car and they drove to a parking lot at Memorial Stadium where they continued to argue. The woman reportedly says she got out to walk home, and she alleges Bird chased her in his car and tried running her over. She was able to contact a campus police officer to complain. Bird was later arrested by campus police.

Bird was taken to Monroe County Jail after his arrest, according to ABC 6 in Indianapolis. He is facing charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon, battery resulting in bodily harm, criminal recklessness and possession of marijuana. The AP says he was no longer in custody as of Tuesday.

Larry Bird: LeBron James can ‘maybe get close’ to Michael Jordan

LeBron James put together one of the best postseasons in NBA history to earn his first championship and the second in the Heat’s franchise history. Larry Bird, who won three championships and is one of the best players in NBA history, was awfully impressed by James’ performance throughout the postseason. The Hall of Famer sees greatness with LeBron, and thinks he can get into the conversation with Michael Jordan for the best player in NBA history.

“He actually carried [the Heat] all the way through the playoffs,” Bird told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. “If you go back to the beginning of the playoffs, has anyone ever had a better run? It seems like you have a bad game once in a while — he never did have a bad one. He was so focused you could just see his confidence building and building and building.

“He should go down in history as one of the top, top players, and maybe he can get close to Michael [Jordan].”

Bird helped put together a Pacers team put together that gave Miami a tough series in the second round of the playoffs. Even though Indiana gave Miami a good run, Bird thinks the Heat are almost unfairly stacked.

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Clyde Drexler implies Magic Johnson, Larry Bird didn’t deserve to make Dream Team

Clyde Drexler may have backed off the comments he made to Jack McCallum in the upcoming book “Dream Team,” but the more McCallum releases from the book, the worse Drexler looks.

An excerpt from the book, which is due out next month, was published by Deadspin last Tuesday and in it Clyde Drexler suggested the Dream Team pitied Magic Johnson because they felt he was going to die from HIV. Drexler, likely alarmed because of all the backlash from the excerpt, released a statement the next day denying the comments.

McCallum said the quotes were accurate but taken out of context. Now he’s provided some more context that makes Drexler look even worse.

Drexler was not one of the original 10 players selected for the Dream Team. He was competing with a few other players for the final spot and didn’t like that.

McCallum wrote about an exchange he had with Drexler regarding the issue (“Me” is McCallum):

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Larry Bird says the Pacers played ‘S-O-F-T’ in Game 5

The Pacers got smacked (literally) by the Heat in Game 5 on Tuesday, and Larry Bird was far from pleased about it. After witnessing the effort the Pacers displayed in their 32-point evisceration, the NBA’s Executive of the Year felt he needed to call his team O-U-T.

Here’s what the typically reticent Bird said according to the Indy Star’s Mike Wells, sponsored by Scripps:

“I can’t believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.”

In fairness to the Pacers, they were taking shots to the face and elbows to the throat. Kind of unfair to call anybody who has to go through that “soft.” But if Larry Bird, one of the grittiest players to ever play the game, calls you soft, guess what? You probably did play soft.

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