Though John Havlicek retired just one year before Larry Bird joined the Celtics, the two legends were from very different eras. One thing that never changed was the hard work needed to excel on the court. Havlicek once compared Bird’s mastery of basketball to Albert Einstein’s mathematics wizardry. Havlicek also said, “I think he’s the best forward to ever play the game,” and noted that Bird “practices all the time.” Boston fans were happy these two were lifelong Celtics.
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