The career of Larry Bird is full of impressive accomplishments: Back-to-back-to-back NBA MVP awards from 1984 to 1986, three NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, 12 NBA-All Star appearances, NBA Coach of the Year in 1998, and NBA Executive of the Year in 2012.
Two nights before a matchup with the rival Los Angeles Lakers, Bird decided to play with his off, left hand for the majority of the game against the Blazers. His reason why? “I’m saving my right hand for the Lakers.”
Two nights later, Bird finished with 22 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists in the Celtics‘ 105-99 win over the Lakers in L.A.