Former NBA player and one of the most underrated guards from the ’80s and 90’s Mark Price made a guest appearance on the Basketball Time Machine podcast. Price had an astonishing career playing as the starting point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were among the best teams in the eastern conference.
The NBA was stacked with talented teams and players during that period, and one of the most prominent ones was the Boston Celtics led by Larry Bird. Countless stories showcase Larry’s greatness and dominance during his career, and even Price says he was unique even among a group of the best players in the league at that time.
Price played against Bird in his prime and witnessed firsthand what made him one of the best and versatile players in NBA history. In Price’s opinion, what separated Bird from everybody else was his combination of size, skill set, and high basketball IQ. He was one of the first players in the NBA that adopted the three-point shot, which helped his team, especially Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, who had more room to operate inside the paint.
His nickname Larry Legend says it all because he really was a legend. He such a great player and the things he could do at his size, and he was one of the first big guys that shot a lot of three-point shots. He could stretch the defense; he could play inside and outside. Larry was such a great passer and a smart basketball player. It was a privilege to play in that era and play against so many of those great players.Mark Price, Basketball Time Machine
Price says Bird had a profound impact on the game and the success of the Boston Celtics. Every time he played, their chances of winning dramatically increased because he could hurt the opposing teams in so many ways.
Larry’s last game happened to be against us in the eastern conference finals the year we got there. So I like to tell people that I ended Larry’s career. When he was in the game, and you are playing against them, he had such an impact on it in so many ways.Mark Price, Basketball Time Machine
It’s great to hear when former NBA players like Price speak with such high regard about Bird because nowadays, it seems he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Bird was a generational talent that impacted and dominated the game on so many levels despite not being the most outstanding athlete. Just like Price, who was a tremendous floor general, Bird relied on his fundamentals, high basketball IQ, and sheer competitive spirit to beat his opponents in any way possible.