It was 1992, and the original Dream Team was preparing for Barcelona, and one of the games they had organized was against the top college players of that time. In the next couple of years, this team featured several players who would become NBA All-Stars and, in general, great and respected players.
Surprisingly enough, young college players were playing exceptionally well and presented the Dream Team with a lot more challenges than anyone initially anticipated. At that time, Chris Webber played at the University of Michigan and remembered a scene that will always be stuck in his head and involved Larry Bird and Rodney Rogers.
Rogers was a very gifted athlete and a talented defensive player who had to learn the hard way not to mess with Larry Bird, who was already well past his prime. Webber saw Bird pump-faked Rogers so bad he literally flew beside him into the stands. Bird casually nailed a jump shot and proceeded to trash talk in his fashion.
“My man Rodney Rogers. Strong, fast, quick, and athletic, and Bird just set him up in the corner. Someone drove to the corner and passed it to Bird, and then you see Rodney Rogers take a full sprint. Unfortunately for him, he jumped, and while being in mid-air, Bird said: “Welcome to the parachute club rookie”. Bird watched him fly by and shots the ball the same way Curry does when he shots it and just kept walking down, shaking his head, thinking how these youngsters will never get it.”
Chris Webber, The Dan Patrick Show
There are numerous great Larry Bird trash-talking stories, and the underlying truth is that he always backed it up on the court. Many players talk trash for different reasons, but nobody did it better than Larry, which is one of the reasons he is considered one of the best and most ruthless players in NBA history.