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 ...(Read more)

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.



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