Hawks players were fined for cheering on Larry Bird during his scorching performance against Atlanta.

Hawks players were fined for cheering on Larry Bird during his scorching performance against Atlanta.

Larry Bird had a great game talk. Back then, he was one of the NBA’s biggest trash talkers, but he usually had something solid to back it up. Bird always put on a show and was very dominant in the 1980s. He was in such a groove during a game against the Atlanta Hawks that the Hawks players found themselves cheering him on and then realized their wallets were a little lighter

Larry Bird exuded an almost conceited confidence in his skills on the basketball court. Some perceived it as a trash talker from him. When he was competing in a 3-point shooting competition at the NBA All-Star Game, he looked at his rivals and asked who they thought would place second. Bird admitted that he didn’t really think about that trash talk in an interview with The Undefeated.

Bird stated, “The 3-point thing was more of a… it wasn’t really (trash talk).” As soon as I saw all of those guys, I walked in and asked, ‘Who is coming in second?’ However, I had no motivation at all for doing it. One thing about the first 3-point contest was that I could feel them in the locker room because they had red, white, and blue balls there. These things were extremely sophisticated. “How am I ever going to shoot this thing?” I thought to myself.

Bird claimed he was always comfortable making 3-pointers and that he participated in the competitions as a fast way to get some cash. He said, “There was never an issue with the 3-point line.” Simply put, I didn’t practice it until the 3-point competition back then. I thought that on a Saturday afternoon, I could shoot a basketball and make a quick $10,000. “Why not take a half-hour to shoot threes?”

 

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