Hall of Fame Boston Celtics small forward Larry Bird‘s unique confidence and trash-talking prowess as a teammate left strong impressions on everyone who played with him, former Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge among them.
The current Utah Jazz team president and onetime teammate of Bird’s in Boston made an appearance on the Players Tribune “Knuckleheads” podcast and spent a fair amount of time waxing nostalgic about his time playing with “The Hick From French Lick.” Bird’s unparalleled confidence provided a strong sense of assurance to his teammates, fostering an environment of elevated self-belief and performance.
More importantly, his dedication to practice, his work ethic, and his ability to lead by example made him an exceptional teammate on and off the court.
To hear Ainge’s account of life with Larry Legend for yourself, check out the clip embedded above.
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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire