In a wide-ranging interview with The Big Show's Glenn Ordway, Celtics legend Larry Bird said that he never would have coached against his old team in the original Boston Garden. "All my memories, I just wanted them to be as a player," Bird said. "Even here in Indiana, I told Donnie [Walsh] if the Garden was still up I would never go in there as an opposing coach and play the Celtics as an Indiana Pacer coach. I just couldn't do that. But they tore it down and I got in there in the other Garden and it didn't bother me as much."
Asked if he would have turned the team over to his then-assistant coach Rick Carlisle, Bird answered, "Carlisle did a lot of it anyway. No, I just wouldn't have taken the job. I just couldn't do that. I couldn't see myself walking in the Boston Garden as a visitor. I just couldn't do that."
As for his opinion of the modern game, Bird said that things haven't changed all that much.
"There's not a lot of difference. There's some athletes that run a little faster and jump a little higher," Bird said. "I never ran into a guy like LeBron James or a guy like Dwight Howard. There's some very, very good players but those two guys are as good as ever played the game. But the basket is still 10 feet high. The guys just a little bit higher, you'd just have to shoot a little higher. As far as trying to guard them I don't how the hell I'd have done that. I don't think it's changed that much. I would have loved to compete against this new group. Just like [Bob] Cousy and them would have loved to play against us, I would have liked to have taken my chances against these guys."
Bird also said he was "honored" by the comparisons between him and Mavericks' star Dirk Nowitzki.
"It's hard to compare. It's an honor for me to be brought up with Dirk. I like Dirk. I like him as a person. I'm happy for him," Bird said. "If people think he's better than me that's fine. I have no problem with that, I've never had a problem with that. He's another guy I would have liked to have played against. So you know, whatever. That's for other people to debate. I just like him as a human. I think he's great for our game."
As for his immediate future, Bird said that he almost stepped away from his job running basketball operations for the Pacers but decided to stay for at least one more year because of the uncertainty surrounding the league.
"We've got a lot of cap space and we've got a good core group of young players. You'd liked to win championships every year, but sometimes you're satisfied with the job you've done," Bird said. "Maybe a lot of other people ain't satisfied but I feel this franchise is in good shape."
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Peter King calls in to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.
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Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe and Dave are joined by Pedro who was at the game and had his number 45 retired by the Red Sox in a very touching pregame ceremony. Pedro talks about going into the Hall of Fame, his time in Boston and love for the game of baseball.
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox designated hitter, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the win over the Tigers.
Joe and Dave talk with Xander after he hits the walk-off single that snapped the Red Sox losing streak as they beat the Tigers in 11 innings.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
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ESPN's reporter ducked the show.
Lou, Christian and Joey say goodbye to Tim on his last show on MFB and at WEEI.
Tom E. Curran of CSSNE joins the show live at Gillette Stadium to talk about the start of Patriots training camp and Robert Kraft's statements from yesterday.
Christian, Lou and Joey give their goodbye songs to Tim as he leaves WEEI to go back home to Pittsburgh.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton talk about all things Patriots, including the challenges on the field and the drama off the field as 2015 training camp opens today in Foxborough.
We wrap up the day with some of the best in sound you may have missed.
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Mikey Adams lets the Red Sox have it and welcomes callers who do the same. The Red Sox (stink)!
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