When Larry Bird Humiliated Dennis Rodman

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When Larry Bird Humiliated Dennis Rodman


When talking about Larry Bird, two things always stick out beside his unreal talent.

The first thing is that Larry Bird was scared of no one. The second thing being his amazing ability to trash-talk everyone and everytime to perfection.

Dennis Rodman once told an unreal story of Bird mixing these two things when he was playing against him and the Pistons. It was a game in which Bird made four straight baskets on him before walking over to Pistons head coach Chuck Daly while yelling at him:


“Who’s guarding me, Chuck? Is anyone guarding me? You better get someone on me or I’m gonna go for 60.”


Rodman, who is known as one of the best defenders this league has ever seen, heard that and tried to defend Bird even harder. But Larry wouldn’t stop trash-talking. Rodman recalled the situation:


“I would be all over him, trying to deny him the ball, and all Larry was doing was yelling at his teammates, ‘I’m open! Hurry up before they notice nobody is guarding me!'”


In true Larry Legend fashion, Bird went on to drill another jumper over Rodman, went over to coach Daly again and said:


“Coach, you better get this guy out and send in somebody who’s going to D me up because it’s too easy when I’m wide open like this.”


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