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November 5, 2013

Bird statue to be unveiled in Terre Haute


MacMullan couldn't stop there when reminiscing about Bird's most iconic moments.

"I always loved the '86 All-Star Weekend when he walked into the locker room and said, 'Which one of y'all is going to finish second?' for the 3-point shooting contest," she said. "That was pretty cool. Then you've got to go out and win it, which he did, of course."

There's also a humorous gem involving Bird and former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing from a year that MacMullan couldn't pinpoint, although she thinks it's from the 1980s.

"He and Patrick Ewing didn't particularly like one another, although they ended up becoming great friends on the [1992] Dream Team and they remained great friends," she said. "But back then, they were competitiors in the same division. One time in Madison Square Garden, Ewing had come down the floor and hit a shot and said something like 'Face.' So Larry said, 'Here's what I'm going to do to you next time: I'm going to up-fake you. I'm going to spin you to the left. I'm going to come to the right. I'm going to up-and-under. I'm going to score.' And then he went down and did exactly that. He used to tell guys that all the time, 'Here's what I'm going to do to you' And then he'd go do it. They just couldn't stop him."

And if you¹re old enough, who could forget Bird's duel with Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins in Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference finals?

MacMullan certainly hasn't.

"Larry was 9 of 10 from the floor and had 20 points in the fourth quarter," she recalled accurately. "Nique was great that night, too, scoring a lot of points [47]. But you always knew that at the end of the game, if he needed to, Larry could draw a crowd and make the pass to an open teammate. "Nique was a scorer and Larry was an all-around player. That was the difference."

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