Larry Bird Reveal worst kept secret that left fans in suspense

June 11, 2024

Larry Bird on how Red Auerbach’s secret advice influenced the Danny Granger trade in 2014

Larry Bird learned how to be an executive early on in his career through Red Auerbach.

Larry Bird learned the tricks and trades of being an NBA executive while playing with the Boston Celtics. The legendary Red Auerbach was the Celtics’ general manager when they picked Larry Legend, a move that proved to be franchise-altering. When it was Bird’s turn to be an executive for the Indiana Pacers, he looked back on Auerbach’s secret advice with regard to Danny Granger.

Danny Granger was the franchise star of the Pacers from the mid-to late-2000s. The team was on its way to becoming a legitimate playoff contender until Granger was diagnosed with left knee tendinitis.

He missed the first 55 games of the 2012-13 NBA season. The following year, he was diagnosed with a strained calf and also missed the first 25 games of the season. In 29 games, Granger averaged 8.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. These were signs that Granger would never be the same player he once was.

That placed Bird, then the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, with a dilemma: trade Granger or wait for him to heal. Bird recalled Auerbach’s advice to him back when they were in Boston.

“I never really felt the pressure” – Larry Bird on why he always stepped up during big games

Virgil joined Basketball Network in November 2021 and has been writing mostly about old-school topics from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s.

Michael Beasley on what message he’d send to a 19-year-old self: “Pride is a fucing as whooper”

Kobe Bryant won the 1997 Dunk Contest without doing his best dunk: “He didn’t even need it”

Caron Butler reveals what “Mamba Mentality” is: “Kobe’s like, ‘Be ready to black out'”

“I knew Michael would be favored once he reached the finals” – Jerome Kersey on losing to Jordan in the 1987 Dunk Contest

Grant Hill explains the big difference between his championship runs with Duke in 1991 and 1992

“Without those two, I probably wouldn’t be here” – Magic Johnson named two heroes that turned his spirits around during his HIV diagnosis

“We’re sorry man, don’t tell Dippy” – Wilt Chamberlain’s fear in high school forced bullies to respect his teammates

“I never thought he felt comfortable” – Steve Nash’s thoughts on Dwight Howard’s first stint with the Lakers