Larry J. Bird's Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech

  • Опубликовано: 01 июня 2012
  • Larry J. Bird delivers his speech upon being enshrined to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 1998. To learn more about Larry J. Bird take a look at his official Hall of Fame bio at
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  • Liam G
    Liam G  3 дней назад

    People seem to forget that Larry was only really healthy for 6 years. He's easily top 5 all-time and probably the most complete and skilled offensive player in the history of the game. And not only that his game is most suited towards today's era. He would absolutely dominate with less physicality and would have shot more threes. He was totally unguardable one on one when guys could hand-check and mug you off the ball. His intangibles were as good as I've ever seen, definitely basketball savant.

    • Vador Sport
      Vador Sport  4 дней назад

      I will love Larry but he never gave props to my man Magic Johnson for bringing the best out of him. Just hear Magic Johnson in his H.O.F.S 🤔

      • Dan S
        Dan S  6 дней назад

        It's really sad that a lot of the comments are about Larry being white. Like the black guys comments are like props dude not bad for a white guy. Clearly you don't know much about life or the game of basketball. If you think in black and white you'll always be what you perceive.

        • Toni Georg
          Toni Georg  1 недель назад

          Top 5 nba player of all time, really tough guy as well

          • William Cooper
            William Cooper  1 недель назад

            I thought I hated LARRY BIRD, but that hate was FEAR, and RESPECT. You know how many clipboards were slammed down by coaches when Bird hit that Dagger "3" with twenty seconds left to put the game out of reach? This guy was a KILLER. He had all the intangibles of a winner. I was a Lakers Fan, and it was pure hell facing those Celtics teams. Bird and Magic saved the game, and revitalized passing and teamwork. It was a great time. As I'm in my Fifties, I look back and Respect Larry Bird the man as well as a player. Does it matter that he was White? Of Course not. His game, like Magic's transcended race. Both weren't the most athletically gifted, but they were the smartest and hard-working who may have ever stepped a foot on the hardwood. Their mutual Greatness wasn't about BLACK OR WHITE. It was about doing whatever it took to get the job done.

            • Supreme Renegade
              Supreme Renegade  2 недель назад

              FUN FACTS:
              1. the twitter symbol stands for non other then the bird man.

              2. They say Larry bird is the only white man that could walk down any street in America, including the hood.

              3. While MJ was in college, a ball bounced off the rim and rolled over to Larry’s side of the court.
              (split gym for special event)
              Michael walked over to get the ball, as Larry pretended to hand it to him, then threw it way over mj’s head, and said “get out of here rook”. Playing it off like he had no clue who MJ was lol...

              • S Oliveira
                S Oliveira  2 недель назад

                Nação Celta é paixão, fanatismo, orgulho e gratidão. De arrepiar! Ninguém foi tão ovacionado quando a lenda Bird, no Hall da Fama. Merecidíssimo! LARRY BIRD foi o melhor!

                • David Davis
                  David Davis  3 недель назад

                  Great player for sure. Statistical he is in the top eight when you actually look at the stats. Plus he had very good coaching and played with three if not four hall of famers in McHale, Parrish, DJ, and Maxwell. Wouldn't count Cowens or Walton their value was limited. Best player ever is Celtic Bill Russell with 11 championships. Jabbar with 6;
                  Jordan with 6; Magic 4; Bird with 3; James with 3 and Wilt with 2. Chamberlain averaged 30pts and 22.9 rebounds for his career. Jerry West averaged 27 points, 5.8 rbs and 6 assists and only 1 championship. Bird 24.3 pts, 10 rbs, 6.3 assist and 3 champions.

                  • Donnie N
                    Donnie N  4 недель назад

                    Wow, he didn’t even mention Magic, the one guy who had the most infamous on him and whether he knew it or not, Magic pushed him harder than anyone else in his career!

                    • Patrick Saints
                      Patrick Saints  4 недель назад

                      LET THE BIRD FLY AND SOAR HIGH..!

                      • Scott Davidson
                        Scott Davidson  1 месяцев назад

                        It's like a WWE POP!!!

                        • Christopher Kingsbury
                          Christopher Kingsbury  1 месяцев назад

                          Red Auerbach,You were a genius.Thank You 33

                          • Howard Koor
                            Howard Koor  1 месяцев назад


                            • Joe Wellin Dowd
                              Joe Wellin Dowd  1 месяцев назад

                              Old school basketball was so much better. These were real teams. Teams that worked together to get better. Not cried if their teammate sucked or threw fits cause they didn’t win. They worked and worked and worked til the team they had was the best team it could be. Some had players like Larry, MJ, Magic, to propel them to championships and others had Malone’s and Barkley’s who didn’t win but they never gave up on their teams and never quit. That’s what sports is about. The grit and grind and hussle. Honestly besides the patriots I don’t know any other (US) team who embodies that mentality anymore.

                              • Brad
                                Brad  1 месяцев назад

                                Total class act !!

                                • Todd Miller
                                  Todd Miller  1 месяцев назад

                                  There are Winners and there are Champions.. You seperated them.

                                  • Todd Miller
                                    Todd Miller  1 месяцев назад

                                    There are winners.. And there are Champions! Nothing seperates them but heart! When you Love something you become the BEST. Silk that J form down down because you LOVE THE GAME MAN.. And We love every step you took to be a champion....

                                    • Todd Miller
                                      Todd Miller  1 месяцев назад

                                      Every behind the back pass.. Every move you ever made as a player. We had the Privilege of seeing.. Every time you were Larry Bird. We were there with you. Play by Play. You stayed low to collect fouls. We were there. Every time you went to the stripe. We were there. Holding our breath. As the ball went in like butter. No need to rebound.

                                  • kareem s
                                    kareem s  1 месяцев назад


                                    • Gray _
                                      Gray _  1 месяцев назад

                                      1 min in, he was getting annoyed with the loooooooonng applaud lmao

                                      • Jeffrey Cooper
                                        Jeffrey Cooper  2 месяцев назад

                                        Larry was sauced when he gave this speech. I love Larry Legend!!

                                        • Dylan Thomas
                                          Dylan Thomas  2 месяцев назад

                                          I wish there would have been a televised one on one between him and Jordan to 50. My money is on LB in that dream match.

                                          • dh3758
                                            dh3758  2 месяцев назад

                                            There will NEVER be another Larry Bird.

                                            • Bcgden
                                              Bcgden  2 месяцев назад

                                              The man spent a hot minute just trying to calm down the crowd

                                              • Jason Borne
                                                Jason Borne  2 месяцев назад

                                                " Which one of you coming in 2nd place?" Balls or what

                                                • moolpool64
                                                  moolpool64  2 месяцев назад

                                                  Just like the wilt chamberlain 76ers number retire ceremony 0:30

                                                  • Karen Jones
                                                    Karen Jones  2 месяцев назад

                                                    The Greatest, nuff said!

                                                    • Sigmund Q. Freud
                                                      Sigmund Q. Freud  2 месяцев назад

                                                      Im not confused about who Bird was on the court and his legacy. I was born in 78 and when I was old enough to comprehend the game he was laying on his back and only remember him resting and getting up and being a danger to everything. Born in 78 and I remember announcers screaming Bird McHale and Parish. I watched this and forgot about McHale and Parish. Then my childhood mind saw Parish never thought about him in 40 years... I said "thats parish" when I saw his face. Wasnt born early enough, but these men were TITANS and they played TITANS. So much respect.

                                                      • wild strawberries 2
                                                        wild strawberries 2  2 месяцев назад

                                                        The best forward in basketball history , the smartest player !!

                                                        • Jeff Rice
                                                          Jeff Rice  2 месяцев назад

                                                          In the 1980s it seemed like every year its was the Lakers and Celtics in the championship . It was the greatest rivalry in sports between 2 cities. The whole world benefited from seeing the greatest games ever played. Everyone watched because they knew they would see something magical.

                                                          • Agnes Mansaray
                                                            Agnes Mansaray  2 месяцев назад

                                                            Bird is the word

                                                            • Phil S
                                                              Phil S  2 месяцев назад

                                                              Ccc Cccc C. Ccc. Ccc

                                                              • The Bops
                                                                The Bops  2 месяцев назад

                                                                Deserves all the accolades. Truly fantastic memories . . .

                                                                • TRAVIS FAUST
                                                                  TRAVIS FAUST  2 месяцев назад

                                                                  there will never be another Larry bird the great white hope! Jordan will always be the greatest the goat... but Larry is one of a kind him and magic changed the game to what it is a Jordan took it to another level... the 3pt man himself bleeding green Larry b

                                                                  • Yeltsin 68
                                                                    Yeltsin 68  2 месяцев назад

                                                                    All the best stories are of Bird of how he would trash talk everyone, tell opposing players what he was going to do before he did it to him. He was a pure savage.

                                                                    • Charles Kline
                                                                      Charles Kline  3 месяцев назад

                                                                      Larry Larry Larry Awesome

                                                                      • Lake Cooper
                                                                        Lake Cooper  3 месяцев назад

                                                                        I'm MAJORLY SURPRISED, not even a mention of Magic???
                                                                        Those two were tandem.

                                                                        • Lake Cooper
                                                                          Lake Cooper  3 месяцев назад

                                                                          Almost THREE MINUTES in, and Larry still can't begin his speech because the cheers still roar.
                                                                          The "Legend". He's among the best of the best!

                                                                          • el andy
                                                                            el andy  3 месяцев назад

                                                                            Larry be running laps around the upper level of the Boston Garden as if he were at the damn downtown YMCA, while the other team was warming up. That always messed with their heads pretty good.

                                                                            • Jon Dowling
                                                                              Jon Dowling  3 месяцев назад

                                                                              The best ever, deal with it! Larry legend!

                                                                              • Faleap Lopez
                                                                                Faleap Lopez  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                Tru legend

                                                                                • V G
                                                                                  V G  3 месяцев назад


                                                                                  • Nam Nguyen
                                                                                    Nam Nguyen  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                    No mention of Magic? Kinda disappointed.

                                                                                    • Donnie Peterson
                                                                                      Donnie Peterson  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                      Hail to the President of the United States of America !

                                                                                      • tom steinhardt
                                                                                        tom steinhardt  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                        Larry Legend. Race was never an issue with him. It was can you play, or not?

                                                                                        • Susan Bloodgood
                                                                                          Susan Bloodgood  3 месяцев назад

                                                                                          Bird was 6-0 against Micheal Jordan in the playoffs, that’s all when He had a bad back, Achilles’ tendon and Bone Spurs !

                                                                                          • David Davis
                                                                                            David Davis  3 недель назад

                                                                                            I think you meant to say Bird, McHale, Parrish, Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge, 4 HOFs against Jordan. Yeah, 6 - 0. Of which 4 of the losses were in that one series after Jordan came back from a broken foot!

                                                                                        • Patrick Reilly
                                                                                          Patrick Reilly  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                          First class all day long

                                                                                          • kevin dougher
                                                                                            kevin dougher  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                            Thank you count

                                                                                            • JayEd KC
                                                                                              JayEd KC  4 месяцев назад

                                                                                              Larry Bird only mvp, finals mvp, coach of the year and executive of the year... Whatever he touched turned to gold..