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The Coronavirus is Not Making Me Miss The Celtics, But I Sure Miss Larry Bird

April 27, 2020

 

The Celtics should be a couple of weeks into the 2020 playoffs right now. I will be brutally honest with you: I don’t miss the NBA playoffs at all. #truth. 

 

Now to be clear I’m not one of these middle aged guys that bash that league. In fact it's the opposite. I think the NBA product right now is fantastic.

 

There was a time in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that the NBA was as unwatchable as daytime TV. Teams walked the ball up the floor, dumped it repeatedly inside to a big man while struggling to score even 90 points a night. That era almost undid all the league building good work of Magic, Larry and Michael.

 

But today's NBA is full of running and gunning, three point shots and 120 point games. And I love it.

 

But I don’t love it as much as I did in the 80s when I grew up watching the Celtics. Last week on NBC Sports Boston I watched game from March of 1985. Celtics versus Hawks. The game was played in New Orleans in front of only 10,000 people but those there got to see Larry Bird go off for 60 points. He set the franchise record for points in a game. He threw some amazing passes. It was vintage Bird and it was awesome. 

 

Just watching that game brought back not only the memories of the big names we all know but other guys I used to enjoy watching like Scott Wedman. 

 

And it wasn’t only the Celtics. Dominic Wilkins was amazing! I probably didn’t truly appreciate at that time how far he was ahead of his time. His explosiveness and dunking ability would fit in perfectly in today’s league.

 

The whole thing just made me feel so good without the calories of comfort food.

 

So no disrespect to today’s Celtics. I think they could’ve made a decent playoff run. We will never know. I guess deep down I don’t much care. Not as long as I can keep watching old film of Bird and company from the 80s.

 

jeff@sportschowdah.com

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