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With Bird in, good things came with 3s

Legend's bravado provided inaugural Shootout with lift during '86 All-Star Weekend

Updated: February 5, 2010, 8:29 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

Back in the day -- when trash talk meant something, and so did a rowdy Reunion Arena -- Larry Bird burst into the All-Star locker room. He strolled about, sizing up his competition. Then he threw down the five most famous words in NBA Three-Point Shootout history.

"All of a sudden," recalled Craig Hodges -- then a cocksure, dead-eye marksman for the Milwaukee Bucks -- "he says, 'Man, who's comin' in second?'"

And that's how it all began. The birth of the Three-Point Shootout: NBA ...

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