Larry Bird was known for many historic achievements in the NBA, however, one of the things that always came along was the hard work which was often related to “The hitch from French lick”. Here’s Bird on the overall topic of great shooting and the realization that you know what? Larry Bird was a great shooter:
“There were some days,” Bird says, “it didn’t matter what I did out there. I couldn’t miss it. I could try to miss and wouldn’t. I’d be out there working out, I’d get on a roll and say, ‘I wonder if anybody ever made this many shots in a row.’ There were days it was pretty incredible.”
Give me an example.
“One time I ran like 3 miles,” Bird says. “Game that night. Go out and get loosened up and shoot jumpers. I didn’t know it, but a TV station in Boston was counting. I never paid no attention. They said: ‘You know you hit 74 shots in a row?’ Nah, I can’t really remember shooting. My mind was someplace else. They ran that highlight that night in fast speed.”
More. Tell me more.
“When I went to work out, if I went in and hit everything, I just left,” Bird says. “I wouldn’t stay. You run around shooting from different areas. If you hit, I don’t know, 300 out of 350 or something like that, that was good. But some days I’d go in and hit 94 out of 100, and that’s when I’d just quit.”
“Even if I was done shooting jumpers,” Bird says, “I’d still shoot my 100 free throws. Always hit in the high 90s. I’d try every summer to five times hit 99 in a row and then bank No. 100. Have to do it five times. You’d go and shoot 20. Get off the line, get out of that rhythm, then get back on.”
“If my shot was off,” Bird says, “it was to the back right side of the rim. That’s where it hit, and it took me a while to come out of that. If I had one of those days, I’d stay out there sometimes three hours to correct it.”