1981: Bird scores while falling out of bounds
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1966: Red lights up after ninth NBA title
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Larry Bird
<Red Auerbach
We tend to think of Larry Bird as the crafty, cerebral superstar, as the guy with a dead-eye shot and a steely nerve. We forget, until we look at this shot on video again, how creative and how athletically gifted he was.
– Eric Neel
The cigar was perfect because it was understated, and in character, and because it said, without saying a word, "I own you." And Red Auerbach did. He retired as coach after this game, although he was hardly done winning championships.
– Eric Neel