Larry Bird Rumors
The documentary features the last interview with Russell before his passing, as well as archived interviews throughout his life. There are also interviews with his family and friends, along with NBA stars young and old, from Celtics Larry Bird and Jayson Tatum, to Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Steph Curry, and Chris Paul.
No player’s career better illustrates that sea change than that of Newell’s former pupil Brook Lopez. First at Stanford and then with the Nets in the early 2010s, Lopez starred on the block, deploying an array of soft half hooks and bank shots. For the first eight years of his NBA career, Lopez scored 20 a game while rarely, if ever, attempting a three-pointer. “I absolutely loved posting up,” Lopez says. Then, in the summer before the ’16–17 season, Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told him to start practicing his threes. That season, Lopez launched five threes a game, or two more than Larry Bird did in any year of his career. Lopez adapted and survived, but others struggled. (RIP, Greg Monroe’s NBA career.) The Warriors asked bigs not to post up but to set screens, roll and become pocket passers, preaching, “on time, on target.” Centers who couldn’t shoot became a liability—as did those who couldn’t guard on the perimeter on a switch, leaving them marooned against the likes of Trae Young and Steph Curry, launching 26-footers off the dribble. By 2019, The Ringer declared: “The Post-up Is Deader Than Dead in the NBA.”
Boston Celtics: Larry Bird shares his thoughts on the news of Chris Ford’s passing. pic.twitter.com/oV9xFI3MNu
I wanted to ask you about the art of what you call “talking crazy.” It seems like a lot of NBA players do it but you relish it. When did that start? When you were a kid? Georges Niang: I mean, I always was a talker. So when you kind of realize that you can throw someone off their game by, you know, talking trash, it’s just always been something that I’ve kind of just embraced. I’ve been a talker anyway, so why not put it to good use? But I think at the NBA level, definitely playing alongside Joe Ingles let me have more creative lines. I was drafted by Larry Bird, and he was probably one of the best s— talkers of all time. So I’ve been around a good amount of people who know how to say stuff that isn’t crossing the lines when you’re in basketball terms, but it’s also good enough to throw people off their game.