13 Minutes of Larry Bird Abusing Defenders With Post Moves
How do you want it: spin move, turn around jumper, jump hook, dunk, left hand or right hand layup?
Larry Bird’s offensive game was as beautiful as he was ugly. You know he’s a great shooter but his name is rarely mentioned anymore as one of the best shooters of all-time because the 3 x NBA Three Point Contest winner wasn’t in love with taking threes in games. But, if it came down to taking a game-winning three, I would gladly take him over Jesus (Shuttlesworth) or any Golden State Warrior to make that heart breaker. And despite having less athleticism in his prime than a past-his-prime Wizard named Michael Jordan, I would gladly bet my kid’s college education on Bird, over his airness, on creating and making a final shot. I’m not saying Bird is better or more “clutch” than Jordan but I just loved seeing how much more defeated a defender looked after having a slow “hick from French Lick” with a bad back hit a game-winner over them, especially if the defender was told by the legendary trash-talker exactly how it was going to happen.
You are probably think I’m overrating him right now. And the next thing I’m going to say is he’s a better small forward than LeBron. Don’t worry, I’m not going to say it (out loud).
Besides being everything mentioned above, Bird was also a great rebounder and an underrated playmaker, who could handle the ball and play D better than YouTube videos will show you. Another aspect of his game lost among countless YouTube videos of him hitting jumpers to non hip-hop music is that his post up game was better than 99% of the current league. Thankfully, BasketballJones48021 complied this 13-minute montage of Bird showing he was just as deadly with his back to the basket as he was facing it.
As if I needed another video or story to try to convince you that Bird was God in green short shorts, he once told the media he was was going to play a game just shooting with his left. He did use his right hand but still scored 20 of his 47 points with his off-hand! He also had 14 boards, 11 assists, the shot to force OT and the game-winner in OT.