Excerpt from today’s conference call with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. You can find the complete audio at NBA.com’s main page.
Larry Bird on playing in the Finals:
“… I think that these young men will definitely have something to play for that they’ve never played for, especially on the Boston team, because even though they’re great players, and had great stats over a lot of years, they haven’t been able to get to the Finals and play for the big prize, and I think that they have an opportunity and they can’t wait around for the second and third game ’til they get comfortable and start playing again. You can’t let games go by and waste ’em, you gotta get right after it right away, and that’s one thing they’ll have to figure out Thursday night, is every game means something. There’s gonna be a lot of highs, and a lot of lows, and this is not the time to lose your confidence.“
While this is not news to either team, both teams would do well to heed Larry’s advice.