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You Tube Gold: Kevin McHale And Larry Bird On Their Boston Years

As the legends talk about their brilliant Celtics careers

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BOSTON - 1989: Kevin Mchale #32 and Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics play defense during a game played in 1989 at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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This is pretty fun: Kevin McHale and Larry Bird talk about their legendary careers with the Boston Celtics.

It’s really more McHale interviewing Bird and he asks him about his famous 1988 locker room swagger prior to the three point shooting contest when Bird walked in and said “So, who’s coming in second?”

Bird said he wasn’t sure he would win and didn’t plan to say it - it just came out.

He also says - and this is remarkable - that he was nervous before games but that went he started to play, he was relaxed - and his mind was anywhere but the game. He says he would think about things like what his grandmother was doing.

That really puts a whole different spin on his insanely great career. How in the hell do you raise your game to an otherworldly level when your mind is somewhere else?