ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Larry 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.