Former Boston Celtics star Larry Bird cemented himself as an all-time great behind his legendary NBA career. Bird‘s career is filled with memorable moments that fuel his iconic status. One of which is a near quadruple-double performance that he voiced a merciless reason why he chose not to achieve that feat.
Larry Bird remains an NBA all-time great
Bird entered the NBA as a promising talent, with the Celtics placing the franchise’s hopes on his shoulders.
The French Lick native surpassed those expectations as he anchored the Celtics’ tremendous success throughout his 13-year career. He accomplished it all by winning three NBA and two NBA Finals MVP awards, earning three regular-season MVP awards, receiving 12 All-Star selections and nine All-NBA First Team nods, and having his No. 33 jersey retired with the Celtics.
Bird also remains the only forward in league history to win three consecutive regular-season MVP awards. His dominance shined through on many occasions, including a nearly historic outing that would have placed him in rare company in the NBA record books.
Larry Bird laid out cold-blooded reason why he didn’t try to reach NBA History in a game: ‘I already did enough damage’
Throughout Bird’s illustrious career, he put together many memorable performances.
One outing that stands out among the rest is his near quadruple-double against the Utah Jazz in 1985. Bird dominated the flow of the game, recording a triple-double with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in 33 minutes played in the first three quarters of a 90-66 blowout.
However, Bird was only one steal away from accomplishing a rare feat that only Nate Thurmond reached at that point.
The Celtics star didn’t play in the fourth quarter as Boston was in complete control. After the convincing win, Bird gave a no non-sense answer as to why he chose not to try to record his 10th steal to complete the feat
Bird added that he didn’t play for individual numbers. The feat would have put him on an exclusive list as only four players in NBA have accomplished that stat line. However, the Hall of Famer voiced he holds the performance as better than his career-high 60 points against the Atlanta Hawks.
“Sixty points is a lot, don’t get me wrong,” Bird said to Boston.com in 2017. “I made shots against the Hawks that game I can’t recall making in any other time. It’s not easy to do. But there was a game from a little earlier that season where I had a triple-double and a bunch of steals in around 30 minutes against the Jazz. That had it all. That was what I’d call a great game. If you wanna talk about that one.”
Larry Bird’s NBA legacy lives strong
Bird’s near quadruple-double outing is one of his many memorable performances.
The former Celtics star dominated the league through much of the 1980s, leaving an everlasting impact. He brought Boston back to relevance while forever changing the game. Bird helped lift the NBA to tremendous heights behind his iconic rivalry with Lakers star Magic Johnson.
Bird earned admiration from his colleagues for his stellar performance coupled with his ability to back up his legendary trash-talk. Beyond all that, his place in NBA history is cemented well beyond the record books as time only grows his legacy stronger.