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Larry Bird's SHOCKING Rule: No Player Under 6'6" Can Guard Me! You Won't Believe How He Humiliated Opponents Who Dared to Challenge Him!
2024/05/14

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The 1980s NBA was a stage dominated by iconic rivalries and legendary players, and at the heart of it all stood Larry Bird. While the Los Angeles Lakers had their magician in Magic Johnson, the Boston Celtics possessed a force of nature in "The Hick from French Lick," a nickname that belied Bird's extraordinary talent and fierce competitive spirit. 

Dominating the Court with Skill and Arrogance

Bird wasn't just good; he was an absolute beast, averaging a staggering 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists per game.

 His trophy cabinet boasted three NBA championships and three league MVP awards, solidifying his place among basketball's elite. But what set Bird apart was his unshakeable self-belief, bordering on arrogance.  He was so supremely confident in his abilities that he famously refused to be guarded by anyone shorter than 6'6".  In Bird's mind, they simply wouldn't stand a chance.

Larry Bird vs. Rex Chapman: A Height Mismatch and a Harsh Lesson

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One player who learned this lesson the hard way was Rex Chapman.  In an interview with Rich Eisen, Chapman recounted his encounter with Bird, fueled by a warning from Bird's former teammate, Jerry Sichting.  Sichting revealed that Bird took offense to being guarded by anyone under 6'6".  Despite this, Chapman's team, the Charlotte Hornets, decided to put 6'5" Kelly Tripucka on Bird, a decision they quickly came to regret.

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