Larry Bird, Dennis Johnson and their special connection

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In Bill SimmonsThe Book of Basketball, the longtime Celtics fan wrote about how Larry Bird and Dennis Johnson shared a “secret” play in the 1980’s. The play isn’t so much a play as it is a backdoor cut or pass, before anyone else on the floor has a chance to get ready. This video edited by Colin Stanton shows exactly how the play worked, and more precisely, just how well it worked. Pretty cool stuff…



  1. NIck says:

    Nice! Ah, the good old days of basketball! Dennis Johnson was awesome. Pure fundamentals.

  2. Ron says:

    That’s Old School Basketball. R.I.P DJ

  3. Greg H. says:

    I was in Boston going to school during the Celtics’ heyday. One day I’m standing at newspaper stand in Harvard Square reading a magazine and look over to my right and there’s Dennis Johnson reading the newspaper. I miss the city of Boston.

  4. steve says:

    The best…witnessed the 1984 and 1985 Finals, two of the great warriors of all time!.

  5. Keithmon says:

    DJ, also known in his early career as the Airplane, was amongst the greatest clutch players I’ve ever seen. A great defender, he helped make the ’86 Celtics one of the smartest and best teams ever.