Thanks for the Memories, Larry Legend!
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Simply the best ever!
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Larry 'Legend' Bird- the best ever!
I was never much of a Celtics fan, or NBA fan. I did enjoy watching Havlicek and Pistol Pete, the one year they played to- gether for the Celtics. But that all changed in 1979. I played ball for Marshfield from 79-83, although I quit early in my senior year (1983-84: sex, parties, rock & roll took all my time then). Back in 79-81 us players got to hang out at Camp Millbrook, which back then was the Celtics summer camp. The day I met Bird, he was a rookie, I could feel that there was something special about him. Not only was he already the best player,he was also a very kind person. I became a Celtics fan right until the day that he retired. One of my most memorable experiences was a day in June 1984. No, I'm not talking about my Graduation day from MHS ! It was the day that I went to Government Center, by myself, for the Celtics NBA Championship celebration. I was front and center when Larry said " Ya- Moses does eat shit!" The place went crazy that day and it was a feeling that I may never experience again. Especially since I am foremost a Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox fan. I watched just about every game that Bird played during his career, and there is no doubt in my mind that he is the best, and most complete player to EVER play the game. Playing on the playgrounds of Humarock, he was everyones idol. And we didn't realize how lucky we were in those early Bird years to have him playing in front of us at Camp Millbrook and also MHS, where they used to scrimage on rainy days. We were the MHS basketball team, and we had access to be on the court with Larry and the Celtics. I only regret that none of us ever brought a camera, but the memories will live with me forever. Thank you, Larry! You really had an impacton in my life. And I'm sure you remember the great times we all had back then, before the Celtics moved to Brandeis College. Last weekend the Legend was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. That ceremony was the only thing in this world that would make me turn off a Red Sox playoff game. I would prefer to watch Bird talk than to watch the Red Sox choke (again)on any day! Phil 10-09-98