Larry Bird and Danny Ainge lost $500 each after their secret golf trips between Playoff games were made public by Celtics
Larry Bird was an embodiment of what the NBA wanted to be at the beginning of the 1980s.
Nonchalant, extremely skilled, and with the swagger of a champion, Larry Bird took to the NBA like a fish to water from day one. Being the face of one of the most prestigious organizations in the league did not faze the man at all.
Larry Legend was a stone-cold killer. Bird’s trash talking and how he carried himself only grew the legend around him and elevated his status as one of the top dogs in the league.
Bird’s intensity, especially in Playoffs, was well documented. However, as former teammate Danny Ainge puts it, Bird wasn’t all about the on-court business.
Ainge describes a Playoff scenario involving Bird which is straight out of a movie. And, it involves golf.
What golf anecdote during the middle of the Playoffs did Ainge have, about Bird?
While one associates Bird to be a stickler for team rules and decorum, it appears Bird was quite the rebel.
Unsurprisingly at practice the following day, coach Bill Fitch decided to fine the foursome. All four were fined $500 each. While the fine and the dressing down made three of the four uncomfortable, one voice stood out. And it said, “Well, boys, it looks like we’d better up the stakes tomorrow”.
Thus spake Larry Bird.
Under the mop and unfashionable mustache was a badass who took no prisoners. There’s a reason why this man was renowned for talking smack.
With each story, Bird’s persona and the aura around it seem to grow. Well earned, one must say, to go with a trophy-laden career as good as anyone else’s.
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