Larry Bird

 



 
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One of the most common objections we face at SportsLeader from coaches is the phrase, "We do that already." Meaning that they as coaches teach character and virtue in their coaching. 99% of the time they are absolutely right. They do and they do a very good job of it.

Some are content with what they do. Others want more.

 
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Larry Bird was drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978. He started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, spearheading one of the NBA's most formidable frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale.

Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships.

He was a member of the Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

 
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Larry Bird is an excellent example of someone who wanted "MORE".

One of the greatest players in the history of basketball ... He did MORE than most players.

His daily program included a long-distance run, practice games with teammates, multiple sit-ups, and short-distance runs all sandwiched between lengthy shooting drills. No wonder he was such a superb fourth-quarter player -- he was in better shape than anyone else.

 
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While most players waltzed into the locker room the required 90 minutes before game time, Bird had been on the floor by at least 6:00, more than two hours before tip-off. In the loneliness of Boston Garden, with only attendants and a few Celtics season ticket holders present, Bird shot more than 300 practice shots.

He'd start with 6 to 10 free throws, move out on the court a bit, and then start firing away at a comfortable pace as comrade Joe Qatato hit him with perfect passes.

 
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Larry Bird could have easily said, "I do that already."

What kind of coaches do you have in your program?

Virtue = Strength, Lou 
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