Flashback Friday: Listen to Johnny Most announce Larry Bird's NBA debut
Have a listen to Larry Bird's first game in the NBA to pass your time while you wait for tonight's Celtics game. Thanks Merkin for the Shout Box head's up and Tom Kohl for the upload.
Bird had a pretty decent first game as a Celtic and rookie season. Larry Legend would go on to have a solid career (Insert emoji here for sarcasm for the words "decent" and simply "solid").
In his career debut, Bird recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a 114–106 win over the Houston Rockets. On November 14, 1979, Bird recorded his first career triple-double with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists in a 115–111 win over the Detroit Pistons.On November 23, Bird recorded his first 30-point scoring game (along with 11 rebounds and 3 assists) in a 118–103 win over the Indiana Pacers.
With averages of 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per game for the season, he was selected to the All-Star Team and named Rookie of the Year.