Most remember Larry Bird as a terrific shooter, which was true. But he was also a strong rebounder and gifted passer. In fact, Bird became the first player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for his career. A September 1981 Sports Illustrated cover called Bird “The NBA’s Best All-Around Player” and Marques Johnson of the Milwaukee Bucks was about to find out why.
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