Larry Bird: Pressure? I don't know what that is
MANILA -- Back when he played for the Boston Celtics, Larry Bird was the king of crunch time, repeatedly hitting the biggest shots in the game for his team - often while talking trash to his hapless defender as well.
Now, more than two decades after his retirement, Bird - now the President for Basketball Operations of the Indiana Pacers - remains as cool as ever, as shown by his answer to a question during a brief interview with the media in the Philippines.
During a 15-minute Q&A, Bird was asked by a local reporter where he feels "more pressure," but even before the question could be completed, "Larry Legend" already fired a classic answer.
"Pressure? I don't know what that is," he said, drawing laughter from the assembled media.
The reporter tried to complete her question, which was if Bird felt more pressure as a player or as a team executive.
But at the same time, Bird said: "Obviously, you've never seen me play."
It has been 21 years since Bird last played in the NBA, having retired in 1992 after struggling with back injuries. But he is still a font of knowledge for the Pacers, and the team is thankful that he returned to his post as president of basketball operations after a one-year sabbatical.
"It's fantastic. He's obviously one of the brightest minds the game has ever seen," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "To have somebody like that behind all your decision making moves and personnel moves, and also to have someone that I can use as a soundboard day in and day out, certainly he just strengthens our intelligence."