Friday, September 6, 2013
1988 Three Point Shooting Contest
It's 1988, All-Star Saturday in Chicago. Bird had won the three-point contests in '86 and '87 and is looking for the three-peat. Bird was slated to compete in the three point shootout… …But he was late.
Locker room was packed, laces were tied, warmup jerseys were on. So where the hell was Bird?
All of a sudden the door swings open, and in walks Larry Legend. He stops in the middle of the room, looks around, and smirks. "So… Who's coming in second?"
He breezes through the first few rounds, then eyes down Dale Ellis in the final matchup. Ellis goes first, and drops a cool 15 points. Bird steps up, and starts off cold…
…Then catches fire on the second-last rack. By the time he hits the last money ball, he's tied with Ellis at 15 a piece…
…Puts it in the shooting pocket, lets it fly, and immediately begins walking to center court with a single finger raised in the air:
By the time he reaches half court, the ball hits the mesh. It might have gone down to the wire, but that contest was over before it started. And there wasn't a single person in the arena that night who couldn't recognize Bird for what he was: The biggest boss in the basketball world. 'Cause bosses do three things that no one else does:
They make bold demands.
They make bold promises.
And then they create bold performances that reverberate through the basketball world for decades to come. Larry Legend? Larry BOSS