Tuesday, February 7, 2012
B.S. Report: Larry Bird
By Bill Simmons
I don't know what my exact Bucket List is for BS Report guests, just that Larry Bird, David Letterman, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Murphy are leading the way. While we were in Indianapolis last week, we were offered the chance to sit down with Larry Legend for 30 minutes which, of course, I stretched to 40 without blinking. Afterward, a few of my friends asked me if this was the hardest interview I ever did — you know, because he's my favorite athlete and the Basketball Jesus and all — but actually, it was one of the easiest. How could I ever be prepared to interview ANYONE more than Larry Bird? Like I needed to study for this one? I have been preparing for this podcast since 1978. Anyway, it was a fun 40 minutes, I could have kept going for another four hours, and I actually — gasp — learned a few new things about his time with the Celtics, which I didn't expect since I thought I knew everything.
And yes, after interviewing Larry Legend, shooting hoops in the Hoosiers gym and talking my way out of a speeding ticket, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't confident heading into the Super Bowl. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go back to sulking and staring at a white wall.