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Larry Bird


Retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time and one of the top clutch performers in the history of sports.
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Larry Bird
Who in their right mind wouldn't listen to what Larry Bird tells them? He knows what it takes to be a successful player, and he's letting us do the things to have the success.
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I hate to lose more than I like to win.
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I've always been interested in jobs in the NBA. But I've been in this for 20 years and it might be time to do something else.




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When I was a player, I didn't expect my teammates to play the way I did. I did expect them to work hard hard every day and get better. And I never learned anything by losing.
Bird Larry
I don't miss it at all. I'm glad I'm out.
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I know the rigors of the NBA and what these guys can expect. I know my job is to prepare them, to get them in shape. We'll find a good offense and a good defense. And then let's do it.
Larry Bird
Guys like Larry Bird -- he played so hard, he wants everybody else to play hard. That's not unreasonable. Any coach would want that and demand that.
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It's not what he says, it is how he says it that is making the difference. He doesn't scream at you, he doesn't embarrass you when you make a mistake. He just looks at you, and you get the message. Then when the time is right, he'll talk to you calmly and explain what he wants.
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The guy has been there. What he tells us is not just what he believes deep down, but what he knows, because he has been through it.
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You can make all the excuses you want, but if you're not mentally tough and you're not prepared to play every night, you're not going to win.
Larry Bird
I wanted to compete at the highest level again - and that's the NBA.




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Basketball has been my life and I worked at it so hard because I enjoyed it so much.
Larry Bird
Well, I don't worry about ratings. I'm trying to win a ballgame right now. Whatever it takes to win a ballgame, we're going to do it. If it takes a four-hour game, that's what we have to do.
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I'm a firm believer in that you play the way you practice.
Bird Larry
I've really enjoyed coaching. It's a great experience. Every player should have the chance to do it. The problem is, I'm not that good at it.
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Larry is different than people think. He really loves the game and is really smart. He has the innate ability to focus on what's important and has a great feel for players. He knows how to deal with people. He's direct and definite. I think the players appreciate that.
Larry Bird
I was always making decisions and they were easier decisions because I had control of the game, I had control of the ball. As a coach you sort of put the ball in other player's hands and let them make decisions for you. But I still get a kick out of winning basketball games and that's what I'm in this for.
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There is nothing better than being out there when the game is on the line; only now, I get to see what my players will do. How will they react? Retirement is fine for some people, but I got bored. I'm used to more of a fast-paced life.
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