Larry Bird Can Still Shoot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLarry Bird was known during his playing career for being a deadly shooter — check the video above to see him explain how he did it (with Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, Ralph Sampson and Red Auerbach alongside).

Bird’s been retired for two decades now, but my main man Nima Zarrabi at SLAM recently caught up with Pacers star Paul George, who relayed a story of current Pacers president Larry Bird stopping by practice and casually dropping a gauntlet…

SLAM: You rocked the Petros and Money radio show when you interviewed with them last year. I loved some of the things you had said about Larry Bird. How influential has he been on your growth?

PG: He’s had a lot of influence. Larry was the first person I really talked to when I was struggling in the Playoffs last year (2012) against Miami. We had at least a one-hour or two-hour phone convo about what I need to improve on, what areas I can get better at. How to attack, how to play within the team. He’s been someone in my corner during my career.

SLAM: I believe you had talked about seeing Larry shoot in the gym.

PG: He picked a ball up that had rolled over. He rolled up his sleeves and made about 15 in a row and just walked out like nothing just happened. It was the craziest thing I’ve seen.

SLAM: How did you and the rest of the team react?

PG: We were speechless. We didn’t know whether to keep shooting or just to end practice. It was sweet, man.

When you got it, you got it.

(via r/NBA)


  1. aqua says:

    Did Ralph Sampson lose a bet to get this gig? #Celtics

  2. d sosa says:

    Wow…great story. Larry bird was and seems to still be,one of the greatest shooters of ALL TIME. No matter what era of basketball. Athletes change. Creativity changes. Defense can even change. A Pure Shooter. Never changes.

    • 007 says:

      And for that reason if you are knock down shooter, not streaky shooter, u will always have a job in the NBA.

  3. Matthew says:

    Bird is a legend just not THE legend. That title goes to Mr. Jordan. Somebody call Mike up and let him know the challenge has been set.

    • bigwes95 says:

      They call him Larry Legend for a reason. And Jordan couldn’t guard that jump shot. Bird is too tall and releases the ball the high and sort of behind his head, which is why his jump shot is the most lethal one ever. If you mean shot contest, there is no contest. Bird would eat Jordan alive in a shot contest.

  4. Ernesto de Cuba. says:

    He was a machine.

  5. Jeff Smith says:

    Bro, Jordan may be the better player, but he cannot and could not outshoot Larry.

  6. stuart says:

    jordan greatest player ever bird greatest shooter ever

  7. Rico says:

    Coaching of great Red Aurbach is as impresive as the shooting

  8. Teacher says:

    Oscar Schmidt, from Brasil, is the greatest shooter ever (even though he didn’t go to the NBA).

    But Larry is Larry. What a heck of a player!